Honeydripper - Film

Iconoclastic filmmaker John Sayles (The Return of the Secaucus Seven, Matewan, Lone Star) continues his extraordinary examination of the complexities and shifting identities of American sub-cultures. Here, with his usual understated intelligence, he tells the story of a juke joint owner in 1950’s Alabama who recruits a guitar-playing drifter to help him save the club. In this music-driven drama, Sayles captures the moment when the blues became rock and roll. “I’ve always been fascinated by musicians – some follow the music wherever it takes them, or wherever the popular taste goes, others make a stand within a certain genre and let that define them,” Sayles says. With Danny Glover, Lisa Gay Hamilton, Vondie Curtis Hall, Dr. Mabel Johns, Keb Mo, Stacy Keach, and Mary Steenburgen. (2007, 122 min)