Filmmaker's Name: Jacqueline “JJ” Ingram
Film Title: Chasing The Blues (Mississippi premiere)
These questions have been answered by the Director, Scott Smith (photo)
In 50 words or less, what is your film about?
Two rival record collectors attempt to con an old lady out of a rare but cursed 1930s blues record. When a series of unfortunate circumstances lands them in jail, the feud festers for over 20 years until they are released from prison and get a second chance at snagging the vinyl – this time from a more formidable foe.
What was your motivation to make this film… why this film, and why now?
The motivation for making CHASING THE BLUES was wanting to tell the story of how two people from completely different backgrounds and upbringings can feel the same way about a piece of music. Outside my passion for music, I loved all these characters, their quirky ways, and needed to bring them to life and share with the world.
Was there anything strange, funny, interesting, sad, scary, or otherwise unusual about making this film?
I'd have to say everyday of making this movie was strange, funny, interesting, sad, scary, or otherwise unusual. But most of all, the cast and crew made it an amazingly rewarding experience. The only thing that was frustrating, besides wishing there were more hours in a day, was that we shot several days on an old bus owned by a church, which broke down several times, emitted toxic fumes and was hot as Hades.
What is your connection to Mississippi? If you don’t have one, why did you choose to enter your film into a Mississippi festival?
No connection to Mississippi, but felt the festival was a great opportunity to share our story about the blues in a area that birthed the blues. Plus, Mississippi John Hurt is my favorite blues artist!