Official Trailer for 'The Torch' Music Doc About Guitarist Buddy Guy
by Alex Billington
February 8, 2022
"Don't let the blues die." IFC Films has revealed an official trailer for The Torch, the groovy new music documentary about the blues guitar icon Buddy Guy. This originally premiered back in 2019 at the Chicago Film Festival, and is finally getting a release coming up this winter. As an intro: Buddy Guy is an exponent of Chicago blues who has influenced generations of guitarists including Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page, Keith Richards, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jeff Beck, Gary Clark Jr. and John Mayer. At 83, he remains the standard bearer for the blues, an icon determined to see the art form live on for much longer after he's gone. Enter guitar phenom Quinn Sullivan, who has been mentored by Guy since he was a young kid. This stirring documentary, amplified by electrifying musical performances, charts the guidance Guy received from the likes of Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf while observing the Grammy-winner passing his wisdom to the next generation. If you're not hooked on this yet, wait until you hear all the tunes in this trailer! Looks great.
Here's the official trailer (+ poster) for Jim Farrell's The Torch, direct from YouTube:
Guitar icon Buddy Guy reflects on his legacy and passes along the blues lessons he himself received from legends Muddy Waters and Howlin Wolf to a phenom of the next generation in this stirring documentary. "Our aim in [making] The Torch was to showcase Buddy's brilliance and collaborative generosity onstage, while also achieving a fly on the wall intimacy for those backstage moments where he shares his vast life experiences. Like Derek Trucks says, 'I always look forward to getting just whatever time we can with him because you walk away and you feel like there's been this amazing knowledge dropped on you.' The Torch shows how both onstage and off, Buddy’s dedication to young talent is truly unprecedented." The Torch is directed by newcomer filmmaker Jim Farrell, making his feature directorial debut with this film. This initially premiered at the 2019 Chicago Film Festival a few years ago. IFC Films will finally release Farrell's doc The Torch in select US theaters + on VOD starting March 18th, 2022 coming soon. Who's interested?
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