Naimi’s new feature documentary opens Friday April 5 at Laemmle Santa
Monica with live blues performances also every night after the
screenings in the cinema. This is the story of L.A.’s legendary L.A. blues club Babe and Ricky’s Inn.
film won the Programmers Award at the Pan African Film Festival in
L.A. in February where it was the Centerpiece Gala presentation on
Valentine’s day with a concert and party and that it was picked up for
all digital rights and TV by New Video/ Cinedigm. The film will be
released around the country theatrically in other blues loving cities
and in connection with Blues Festivals, live performances and even blues
cruises and it will be released on premium VOD April 9 on iTunes, Amazon, Vudu, Youtube, Playstation, XBox, CinemaNow.
will be an unusual and fun week of events at Laemmle particularly
because of the live blues music performances incorporated into the
screenings. Ramin has done a lot of radio for the release such as an
hour and a half show playing music from the film and talking about the
film with Ann the Raven on the Cal State Northridge radio (the one Nic
Harcourt works for now) last Sunday with a ticket giveaway. He will
have two interviews with KPFK this week and he had two other radio
interviews last week . KCET is looking at coverage also. The trailer is
at the website www.babesandrickysinn.com
is getting good press thanks to the Laemmle publicist who sent it to be
reviewed by some of the outlets including the L.A. Times , L.A. Weekly, Hollywood Reporter etc.
I can’t wait to see the film and hear Mama Laura’s story.
Here are the details of the LA screenings and a ‘pitch letter‘ from Ramin re the film below:
Friday, April 5 – Thursday April 11, 2013
At Laemmle Monica 4-Plex,1332 2nd Street, Santa Monica 90401
Daily Screenings: 1pm ● 4pm ● 7pm ● 10pm
live blues performance and Q&A will follow each 7 pm evening
screening Friday, April 5 to Thursday, April 11 inclusive (and also 4 pm
screenings on Saturday, April 6 and Sunday, April 7). No additional
charge for live music!
The current line up for live shows as part of the screenings of the film at the times listed below:
Ray Bailey Friday 4/5 (7pm); Gregg Wright Saturday 4/6 (4pm); Dennis Jones Saturday 4/6 (7pm); Deacon Jones Sunday 4 /7 (4pm and 7pm), Southsideslim Monday 4/8 (7pm); George Dez Tuesday 4/9 (7pm); Richard Martin-Ross Wednesday 4/10 (7pm), Suzanne Thomas Thursday 4/11 (7pm).
The director Ramin writes to us:
I am the director and producer of the upcoming film Babe’s and Ricky’s Inn,
a feature-length documentary. For more than three years, I gathered the
stories of the legendary L.A. blues club Babe and Ricky’s Inn, its
owner Laura Mae Gross (“Mama Laura”) and its amazing collection of
musicians. As an Iranian-American filmmaker (who along with along with
my co-producer Behrouz Arshadi came to be known as the “Iranian Blues Brothers”),
I take particular pride in having earned the trust of the community in
South Central to document this important piece of L.A. blues and music
fifty-three years, Mama Laura, a woman from Mississippi, brought
well-known and up-and-coming musicians together, regardless of race,
age, or gender. Babe’s and Ricky’s Inn was originally located on
legendary Central Ave, in South Central LA. drew world-famous musicians
like Johnny Lee Hooker, B.B. King and Albert King, who often dropped in to the club and jam with best of LA blues artists, Guitar Shorty, Keb’ Mo’, Zac Harmon, Deacon Jones and Ray Bailey.
The film features original music by some of the most important blues
artists alive. Stunning guitar performances and personal stories about
the hard blues life come together in a film about what it means to
devote your life to music. I feel privileged to have captured the unique
sounds, atmosphere and people of this gem of a blues club in its last
Babe’s and Ricky’s Inn premiered
as the centerpiece of the Pan African Film Festival in LA last month
and took home the Festival’s Programmer’s Award. The theatrical
premiere run will be at the Laemmle Monica 4-plex in LA commencing
Friday, April 5th. It will have a one-week engagement, and
will feature live blues performances and a Q&A each weeknight and
twice a day on the weekend. Further theatrical dates follow around the
country including at blues focused events and venues. The digital
release of the film is being facilitated by Cinedigm and it will be
released on VOD on April 9th on iTunes Premium, Amazon, YouTube and others.
And visit our website for more info: http://babesandrickysinn.com
By the way, I’m also in the process of finishing my new upcoming feature film Shirin in Love, a romantic comedy set in world of “Tehrangeles”, the Iranian American community in Los Angeles.