Pre-festival coverage highlights of the 2013 Pan African Film Festival in LA, which takes place next month, continues with this feature-length documentary from writer/director Ramin Niami, titled Babe’s and Ricky’s In.
For over fifty years, Laura Mae Gross (Mama Laura), an African American woman from Mississippi, brought musicians together, regardless of race, age, or gender, in a place where only the music mattered. Originally located on legendary Central Ave in South Central Los Angeles, Mama Laura created a place where masters such as Johnny Lee Hooker, BB King, Albert King, and others shared the stage with newcomers in an open, creative, and safe environment. Featuring original music and stunning guitar performances by some of today’s most important blues artists, musicians share their life experiences and personal stories about what it means to devote your life to music and of course their memories of Mama Laura. Babe’s and Ricky’s Inn is a stunning celebration of the art, creativity, virtuosity and passion of what became a Temple to the Blues!
PAFF 2013 is set to take place at the new Rave Cinemas Baldwin Hills 15 at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza in Los Angeles, and will kick off festivities with a star-studded Opening Night Gala on Thursday, February 7, 2013 at the Rave Cinemas Baldwin Hills 15 theatre.
Watch the trailer below: