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Sidemen: Long Road to Glory

Year 2016
Runtime 78 mins
Language English
Canadian Premiere

Selected as a Top 10 Audience Favourite of the Festival 

Director Scott Rosenbaum in attendance at the screening on September 25 & 27!

Based on the lives of three iconic blues musicians – pianist Pinetop Perkins, guitarist Hubert Sumlin and drummer Willie “Big Eyes” Smith – SIDEMEN: LONG ROAD TO GLORY is the biographical story of achieving success and recognition in the musical world. Scott D. Rosenbaum (THE PERFECT AGE OF ROCK ’N’ ROLL, CODA) brings the stories of these inspirational musicians to the big screen through heartfelt commentary by artists such as Joe Perry (Aerosmith), Gregg Allman (Gregg Allman Band) and Elvin Bishop. In some of their last interviews together, the trio outlines their experiences as "sidemen" to the well-known blues prodigies Howlin’ Wolf and Muddy Waters, as well as their time on the road touring. They demonstrate that passion and determination can overcome difficulty on the road to success.

With stunning images of the men performing, recounting of their childhoods in the south during the Jim Crow days, and a sweeping score by Fabrizio Grossi that exhibits the diversity and soul of the blues genre, Rosenbaum’s movie truly pays tribute to these musical masters.

Short Before Feature: OBSCURA


United States
Scott Rosenbaum
Jasin Cadic, Tony Grazia, Joe White
Pinetop Perkins, Hubert Sumlin, Willie "Big Eyes" Smith, Gregg Allman, Joe Bonamassa, Shemekia Copeland, Warren Haynes, Robby Krieger, Joe Perry, Bonnie Raitt, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Susan Tedeschi, Derek Trucks, Johnny Winter