Former Eurythmics star Dave Stewart has signed on as executive producer for The Blues House, a feature length documentary about the searches that went on in the 1960’s for legendary blues singers who had recorded during the Depression before being driven into retirement.
Multi-media entrepreneur Dave Stewart is recognized as one of the most respected and accomplished talents in the music industry today. Stewart’s music career spans three decades and more than 100 million album sales, highlighted by his collaboration with Annie Lennox in the groundbreaking pop-rock duo Eurythmics (“Sweet Dreams [Are Made of This],” “Here Comes The Rain Again,” “Would I Lie to You?”).
Behind the scenes, he has produced albums and co-written songs for Bono, Bryan Ferry, Gwen Stefani, Tom Petty, Stevie Nicks, Katy Perry, Mick Jagger, Sinead O’Connor, Joss Stone, and many more, garnering numerous Producer, Songwriter, Golden Globe and Grammy Awards along the way. Beyond his creative work as a musician, Stewart is a renowned producer, author, director, photographer, filmmaker, and philanthropist. Stewart has scored films for several directors, including Robert Altman, Paul Verhoven, and Ted Demme, and has written and produced the title songs for many hit movies. Together with Mick Jagger, he wrote and produced the score for “Alfie,” starring Jude Law, which won the pair a Golden Globe for Best Original Song.
Now in post-production, the film is expected to be completed in early 2015.
The film is being directed by Sam Pollard and produced by Benjamin Hedin. Stewart, an expert bluesman himself, also appears as an interviewee in the film, which will feature original music scored by recording artist and guitarist Gary Clark Jr. Dave Stewart Entertainment is assisting in the final stages of production, financing, and distribution of the film and will be overseen by David Jacobson on behalf of the company.
The Blues House fascinatingly explores the stories behind the searches for Skip James and Son House. It was not known if they were dead or alive, if alive, where they resided, or even what they looked like. And the searches for them were more than chancy: they were dangerous, since they were carried out in Mississippi during a climactic and violent stretch of the civil rights movement.
The film’s director Sam Pollard has produced and edited dozens of movies, including the Spike Lee documentaries When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts, If God is Willing and Da Creek Don’t Rise, and Four Little Girls–all for HBO–as well as the feature films Inside Man, Girl 6, Clockers, Jungle Fever and Mo’ Better Blues. THE BLUES HOUSE will feature original music scored by Warner Bros. artist, Gary Clark Jr., whose roots in blues music are well documented on his album Blak and Blu (2012) which peaked in the top 10 in the United States.