Music Industry

You may not know this, but a film’s “star” rating on the IMDB database is an important factor for streaming video services like Netflix and Hulu, who use it to decide what films to license and for how long.

The process is simple and you don’t even need to have an IMDB account to do it. Simply go to the film’s IMDB page and click where it says “rate this film. Here’s a screen shot to help you.

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Color correction and final sound mix are coming along well, and Troubadour Blues will be off to the pressing plant before Labor Day. DVDs should be available by mid-September, on this site, at Filmbaby.com and Amazon.com, and of course from me at screenings.

Meanwhile, I’m starting to book screenings. Most of them will be small, anywhere from living rooms to church basements, but I’ve set up a Pittsburgh area premiere Tuesday, October 25, at the Hollywood Theater in Dormont, That’s in the South Hills, and pretty easy to get to for you non-Pittsburghers. I’ll post a map and directions later.

Troubadour Blues Pittsburgh premiere, Tuesday, Oct. 25, 8 pm, at the Hollywood Theater, 1449 Potomac Ave., Dormont

I’m hoping that this will be a fun night with surprise appearances by musical friends from the Pittsburgh area (and maybe one or two of the artists from the film). DVDs will be available at the special premiere price of $19.95 (cash and credit cards accepted). A suggested donation of $5.00 will help pay for the theater rental and expenses connected with the event.

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“Troubadour Blues” has been selected as the Opening Night film for the 2011 Buffalo International Film Festival. This will be the world premiere of the film as well as the official DVD release date.

Buffalo International Film Festival logo

Two-time Grammy nominee Peter Case, one of the main subjects of the film, will be on hand for the festivities, including a 6 p.m. reception and an Opening Night party after the 7:15 p.m. screening. The event will be held at The Screening Room, 4524 Bailey Ave., Amherst, NY (enter through the Arthur Murray Dance Studio).

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As I prepare to head off to the giant Folk Alliance conference and love-fest in Memphis, Tennessee, a quick update on what’s been going on in the world of Troubadour Blues.

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It’s customary as December rolls around for the music industry to shower awards on the singers, players, producers, albums and individual songs that are judged the “best of” the preceding year.

This being America, the only standard we know by which to judge art is the almighty dollar. So, in practical terms, award season means that we honor those who already made ridiculous amounts of money selling bazillions of albums, singles and concert tickets.

Here at Troubadour Blues, we’re starting a different tradition this year: The Troubie Awards.

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About the Film

Troubadour Blues is a feature-length documentary that explores the fascinating world of traveling singer-songwriters. We see them in a variety of situations: impromptu performances, concert stages, formal and informal interviews and songwriting sessions. This is a story that needs to be heard. In our media-saturated age of instant pop stardom, there is real danger that the tradition of the itinerant working musician -- the tradition of Woody Guthrie and Leadbelly -- is being diluted or lost. Troubadour Blues explores the hidden corners of our culture, where honest, authentic songs reflecting the human experience are still being made up and sung.

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