Chicago Film Festival: Chasing The Blues

Chasing The Blues

Chasing The Blues is a fun but short-ass dramedy with a running time just under 80 minutes long.

Scott Smith directs from a screenplay he co-wrote with Kevin Guilfoile.  The film stars Grant Rosenmeyer, Ronald L. Conner, Chelsea Tavares, Clem Cheung, with Steve Guttenberg, Anna Maria Horsford, and Jon Lovitz as Lincoln Groome.

It’s 1987 and our story evolves around Alan Thomas (Rosenmeyer) and Paul Bettis (Conner).  The two of them try to con the widowed Mrs. Walker (Horsford) out of this rare 1930s blues record, “O Death Where is Thy Sting?” by blues man Jimmie Kane Baldwin.  It doesn’t go so well and they end up in jail.  Cut to 20 years later and they have to deal with the handler of Mrs. Walker’s estate, Lincoln Groome (an underused Lovitz).

Alan and Paul aren’t the only ones who want the record.  There’s Vanessa Johnson (Tavares), who Alan meets on the bus.  Does she want it for herself or is she working for someone else?

Screening under the U.S. Indies category at the Chicago International Film Festival, Chasing The Blues will make its world premiere on October 14, 2017, at 8:45 PM.  Subsequent screenings will be held on Wednesday, October 18 at 5:45 PM and Saturday October 21 at 12:30 PM.

Danielle Solzman

Danielle Solzman is native of Louisville, KY, and holds a BA in Public Relations from Northern Kentucky University and a MA in Media Communications from Webster University. She roots for her beloved Kentucky Wildcats, St. Louis Cardinals, Indianapolis Colts, and Boston Celtics. Living less than a mile away from Wrigley Field in Chicago, she is an active reader (sports/entertainment/history/biographies/select fiction) and involved with the Chicago improv scene. She also sees many movies and reviews them. She has previously written for Redbird Rants, Wildcat Blue Nation, and Hidden Remote/Flicksided. From April 2016 through May 2017, her film reviews can be found on Creators.

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