Chicago Film Festival: Chasing the Blues Q&A

Chasing The Blues

Cast and crew were on hand for an entertaining Q&A session following the world premiere of Chasing the Blues at the Chicago International Film Festival.

On hand for the Q&A session were director/co-writer Scott Smith, co-writer Kevin Guilfoile, actors Jon Lovitz and Grant Rosenmeyer, producer J.J. Ingram, associate producer Aria DeBenny, and executive producer John Fromstein.  The session was moderated by Anthony Kaufman.

Rosenmeyer said that the first time he traveled to Chicago was to shoot the film.  The world premiere marked the second visit for the actor.

Lovitz, ever the joker, thought the script was “very well written” but said that Smith didn’t think he could pull off playing Mrs. Walker.  Lovitz followed up on his comments by saying that he thought the whole thing was based on a true story rather than being a work of fiction.  He stressed that it was “very well written.”

Producer J.J. Ingram loved the story and script.  She also loved that the film was set in Chicago.

Whether or not he was joking, Lovitz said that he was only in town to shoot for three days.

Chasing the Blues world premiere at the 53rd Chicago International Film Festival.
Chasing the Blues world premiere at the 53rd Chicago International Film Festival.

They touched on the difficulties of filming two different time periods.  Rosenmeyer based the older version of his character, Alan, on his dad.

Smith said that they are hoping to release the soundtrack on vinyl.  He later thanked an audience member for saying the film felt reminiscent of the Coen Brothers.

Lovitz came through with the quote of the night by saying that the original title had been Jews Meet the Blues.  You can’t blame him for wanting to try and wake up the crowd that late in the evening.

Both Rosenmeyer and Lovitz took photos with audience members following the panel.  That being said, Lovitz escaped the crowd and went unnoticed as he left.

After three screenings at the Chicago International Film Festival (encore screenings are October 18 and October 21, the team will head to the Austin Film Festival in a few weeks.  They are currently looking for buyers.

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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