Bonnie Blue Film Screening Premiere

Monday, 2 May 2022 - 7:30pm
Somerville Theater
Somerville, MA

The Boston International Film Festival presents the premiere of BONNIE BLUE: JAMES COTTON‘S LIFE IN THE BLUES, directed by Bestor Cram. A musical program will follow the screening, featuring James Montgomery and his band and Paul Rishell & Annie Raines, all of whom are featured in the film. 

 Born in 1935 on Bonnie Blue plantation in Tunica, Mississippi, apprenticing with Sonny Boy Williamson II and Howlin‘ Wolf, and schooled by Muddy Waters, James "Super Harp" Cotton became a mentor to harp players around the globe as he brought the delta blues into mainstream rock ’n‘ roll. Orphaned at nine, Cotton‘s journey tracks America‘s history and his story is one of empowerment during a time when the weight of racial inequity made the journey seem impossible. BONNIE BLUE: JAMES COTTON‘S LIFE IN THE BLUES is a unique portrait of an era and its impact today. Cotton‘s music made history; his musical voice was unique, and the blues were never the same.