Set in 1970, “The Soul of Blue Eye” tells the story of Dusty Springfield’s decision to record her Platinum selling hit Son of a Preacher Man for Atlantic Records, and the struggles she had as a white gay woman singing black soul music during the tumultuous 1960’s.
Written and Directed by Jesse Brunt, the film has put a lot of effort into the authenticity of the scenes as well as the tense interaction between Dusty and one particular interviewer who breaks an agreement, and demands to know about her sexual preferences. “I wanted to tell part of the story about this amazing artist,” says Brunt, who also shot and edited much of the project. “she created music that has sustained the test of time and she broke new ground for an entire genre which came to be known as Blue Eyed Soul.”
Producer Bob Bekian noted that the tag line, “You know my music, but you don’t know me” really gave insight into the story. “She was an amazingly talented musical artist who had a genuine desire to help others –which is a refreshing story in today’s world of ‘everyone-out-for-themselves.'”
Producers Bekian and Brunt have a feature length script that they are looking to produce with Nicole Kidman as their first choice to play Dusty Springfield, and have made this short to give people a glimpse into the full story they hope to make.
“The Soul of Blue Eye” stars Paige Segal as Dusty Springfield, and will be shown at the Laemmle NOHO 7 Theater in North Hollywood on Saturday, July 26th 2014 at 3:15pm. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Set in 1970’s Los Angeles, the film “Soul of Blue Eye” explores Dusty Springfield’s life at the pivotal moment where the term ‘Blue Eyed Soul’ become known through her album “Dusty in Memphis.” Its focus is on the struggle she faced daily that came to a head at one interview with Atlantic Records.
Her road was not an easy one. Dusty fought a constant battle between her love for her girlfriend, and keeping up appearances in the public eye. Her relationship suffered under the suffocating stress of living in a society plagued with rampant homophobia. Coming out in that time period would likely promise a lifetime of social bullying for both her and her lover.
“I find Dusty Springfield’s story compelling and underrated,” says Jesse Brunt, Director. “Her achievements are rarely recognized, and her contributions to music almost never spoken of. I made this film to help fix that. Her life has much to contribute to a contemporary audience.”
“Son of a Preacher Man” is one of the most recognizable songs in soul music today. It’s played on thousands of shop radios, kept alive in classic rock/soul stations, and the smooth, smoky-edge timber of Dusty’s voice influences artists of all ages today. The song, originally offered to Aretha Franklin, cemented Dusty Springfield’s career into the heart of American music history despite her blond-haired, blue-eyed British origins. She once commented that if people only knew her by her music, they would think she was a black woman.
Producer, Bob Bekian, saw the potential of this movie, and was happy to offer up his studio, equipment, and knowledge to the project. “What interested me most about the Dusty Springfield story was the relationship she had with Jimi Hendrix and Led Zeppelin, who are two of my favorite artists. She recognized their incredible talent and helped launch both of their careers in the late 60’s.”
The music industry owes much to her efforts and powerful charisma, not just because of her voice, but of what she accomplished behind the scenes. Were it not for her influence, the world may have never known the legendary rock sounds of Led Zeppelin, or marked the 60’s with the guitar riffs of Jimi Hendrix. She is responsible for convincing the agents at her label to listen to Led Zepplin’s music, and ultimately sign them. The death of Jimi Hendrix, hit her hard. She lost an amazing colleague, and a long-time friend.
“Soul of Blue Eye” stars Paige Segal (“The Day the Music Died”), who gives a spark of life, attitude, and vulnerability to the persona of one of the worlds most famous soul singers.
With the state-of-the-art studios owned by Bob Bekian, and the director expertise of Claudio Zagarini in Italy, the two co-produced the video from both sides of the globe in real time. “This was really an international collaboration,” noted Bekian. “We had Claudio skype-directing from Europe, and our team at Loyal Studios with JayKay performing the content.” This method of directing became favorable for long distance review after Peter Jackson utilized it to direct the musical score of the third Lord of the Rings movie on location in New Zealand. “Our Director of Photography was Jesse Brunt, who is a master at making Digital HD footage look like film” Bekian added.
The shoot utilized a combination of high definition cameras along with Kino Flo lighting systems on a greenscreen to produce the raw content. The final cut was produced in Italy as the files traveled digitally across the internet. Any changes that needed to be made could be set into motion, shot, and sent back to Italy for review. “We specialize in using technology to produce high quality content while keeping costs under control” Bekian noted.
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