Cadillac Records chronicles the rise and eventual fall of a unique recording studio, Chess Records, which broke through the American race barrier in the 50s and 60s and delivered black music into the mainstream charts.
The film goes a long way in correcting the wrongs these musicians encountered as their music was appropriated (and sometimes blatantly ripped off) again and again by the white music establishment.
Chess Records gave rise to some of the most distinct voices in American music. Hosting a stable of remarkable rhythm and blues artists that included Muddy Waters, Howlin' Woof, Chuck Berry and the delectable Etta James, the studio helped shape and define American music in the 21st Century, giving birth to contemporary musical genres such as rock 'n' roll and hip-hop.
Composer Terence Blanchard seamlessly recreates the vibrancy of this distinctly American genre; bringing the same urgency, sensuality and verve that these pioneering artists created in this hallowed studio.
The film will be introduced by composer Terence Blanchard, followed by a Q&A after the screening, hosted by Film Buffs Forecast's Paul Harris.