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Directed by John Anderson

United States 2013 86 mins. In English

BORN IN CHICAGO chronicles a uniquely musical passing of the torch as it tells two interlocking stories. First, how white, middle-class kids—among them Michael Bloomfield, Paul Butterfield, Elvin Bishop, Charlie Musselwhite, Steve Miller—ventured deep into smoky South Side nightclubs in the 1960s to learn the music of and forge bonds with Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, and Sonny Boy Williamson. And then, how these musicians went on in bands like Janis Joplin’s, The Electric Flag, and Canned Heat to bring Chicago blues into rock and roll. Full of great performances and interviews, vintage and current, with Bob Dylan, Keith Richards, Hubert Sumlin, Eric Burdon, Buddy Guy, Sam Lay, Harvey Mandel, Jim Schwall, Jack White, and more.



The Northwest Film Center recognizes and honors the Indigenous peoples of this region on whose ancestral lands the museum now stands. These include the Willamette Tumwater, Clackamas, Kathlemet, Molalla, Multnomah and Watlala Chinook Peoples and the Tualatin Kalapuya who today are part of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, and many other Native communities who made their homes along the Columbia River. We also want to recognize that Portland today is a community of many diverse Native peoples who continue to live and work here. We respectfully acknowledge and honor all Indigenous communities—past, present, future—and are grateful for their ongoing and vibrant presence.