A mythical account of the life of Buddy Bolden, the first Cornet King of New Orleans.
Where the Music Began
Motion Picture Rating
Rated R for sexual content and graphic nudity, brutal violence, language and drug use
Did You Know?
This was originally filmed in 2007 with Anthony Mackie
starring as Bolden. Director Dan Pritzker
thought that what he had shot "just didn't work", so he shelved it. Extensive rewrites and reshoots took place from 2009 to 2010, but Pritzker shelved the film again.
Three months of even more reshoots were scheduled from 2014 to 2015, with a mostly new cast and crew. Mackie, whose career had taken off in the interim, was no longer available, so he was replaced by Gary Carr
. (Mackie still appears as Bolden in Louis
(2010), which was filmed at at the same time as this film and completed first.)
Several more days of reshoots took place in 2016, and the film was finally completed in 2018 and released in 2019. According to Pritzker, a little over 10% from the original 2007 shoot remains in the finished film. See more
You got to put your music in the man's machine, motherfucker.