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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.

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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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I’ve still got a lot of work to do editing the film, but I have to start thinking about marketing the finished product. I have a phone call scheduled next week with a distribution consultant in Los Angeles and had to get my thoughts organized. Here they are. Feel free to comment.

Troubadour Blues is a fan’s journey into the world of traveling singer-songwriters like Peter Case, Chris Smither, Dave Alvin, Mary Gauthier, Slaid Cleaves, Garrison Starr, Ray Wylie Hubbard and over a dozen more.

Filmmaker Tom Weber spent more than seven years and traveled nearly 100,000 miles gathering material for the feature-length documentary, which provides a revealing look at the hardships and triumphs of these modern-day wandering minstrels.

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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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