A feature documentary by Daniel Cross


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“Nobody calls me Bobby.  Nobody calls me Rush. Everybody calls me Bobby Rush” - quote from I Am The Blues

Following 3 sold-out shows at Hot Docs and an unforgettable live performance by Bobby Rush at Toronto’s Silver Dollar Room,  I Am The Blues, produced by EyeSteelFilm, directed and written by award-winning filmmaker Daniel Cross, is set to premiere June 3rd at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema in Toronto, followed by a wide theatrical release across Canada.

From juke joints to church halls, up the mountain and down to the bayou, I Am The Blues travels the back roads with the last of the blues legends.

I Am The Blues takes the audience on a musical journey through the swamps of the Louisiana Bayou, the juke joints of the Mississippi Delta and Moonshine soaked BBQs in the North Mississippi Hill Country. In I Am The Blues, Cross visits the last original blues devils, many in their 80’s, still living in the deep south, working without management and touring the Chitlin’ Circuit.  Let Bobby Rush, Barbara Lynn, Henry Gray, Carol Fran, Lazy Lester, Little Freddie King, Bilbo Walker, RL Boyce, Jimmy ’Duck’ Holmes, Lil’ Buck Sinegal, LC Ulmer and their friends awaken the blues in all of us.

About Director-Writer Daniel Cross

Daniel Cross is founder of EyeSteelFilm in Montreal, named by Real Screen Magazine as a top 100 non-fiction production company. 

Daniel Cross is an award-winning documentary filmmaker who made his mark directing feature length films concerning issues of homelessness: The Street: a film with the homeless, S.P.I.T: Squeegee Punks In Traffic and the online interactive documentary Homeless Nation winning the UN World Summit Award for e-inclusion. Together with eight Inuit students, he co-directed Inuuvunga: I am Inuk I am alive. He co-directed the films Atanasoff for History TV and Chairman George for the BBC and CTV networks. 

Cross also co-produced for EyeSteelFilm, the Genie and Emmy Award winning films Up the Yangtze and Last Train Home.  Other documentary productions with EyeSteelFilm include Jingle Bell Rocks, Fruit Hunters, Rip: A Remix Manifesto, Taqwacore: The Birth of Punk Islam, China Heavyweight, Inside Lara Roxx, and Chameleon. Daniel has won both the Trailblazer award at MIPDOC in Cannes, and the Inaugural Mentor of the Year award from the Canadian Media Producers Association.

About Films We Like
Founded by award-winning documentary filmmaker Ron Mann (Grass, Comic Book Confidential, Altman) Films We Like is a boutique distributor of documentary, independent, and international films in Canada. Recent releases include: Francofonia, Cemetery of Splendor and Men and Chicken.

  • Blues legend Bobby Rush and director-writer Daniel Cross are available for media interviews.

Be sure to check out the 3D Immersive Experience at where you can explore the blue Front Café to discover more about the blues, including the artists, famous juke joints and blues from old Mississippi.  If your browser supports WebGL, launch the interactive experience to visit a 3D recreation of the Blue Front with lots of hidden content to discover.


Running time:  106 minutes

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Media Contact:
Virginia Kelly, Meghan Parnell
V Kelly & Associates, c: 416-839-9239



Cinéma Paraloeil (Rimousky, QC)
Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Regina Public Film Library (Regina) 
Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Broadway Theatre (Saskatoon, SK)
Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Bloor Cinema (Toronto, ON)
Friday, June 3 - 9, 2016
Loft, The (Coburg, ON)
Friday, June 3 - 9, 2016
Winnipeg Cinematheque (Winnipeg, MB)
Saturday, June 4, 5, 9, 10, 11, 16, 18, 2016
Vancity Theatre (Vancouver, BC)
Monday, June 13, 15, 2016
La Cinémathèque Québécoise (Montréal, QC)
Friday, June 10 - 16, 2016

Cinema du Parc (Montréal, QC)
Friday, June 10 - 16, 2016

Cinéma Le Clap (Québec City, QC)
Friday, June 10 - 16, 2016
Medicine Hat Public Library Theatre
Monday, June 20, 2016
Bytowne (Ottawa, ON)
Sunday, June 26 - 28, 2016
Sled Island Film Festival (Calgary, AB)
Sunday, June 26, 2016
Cinecenta (Victoria, BC)
Wednesday, July 27 - 28, 2016
Limestone City Blues Festival (Kingston, ON)
Sunday, August 28, 2016