MAKING THE POSTER
From Director Scott Rosenbaum:
I had always loved that close-up shot of Pinetop and had seen it many times including materials used for the Pinetop Perkins Foundation. When I asked Pinetop's manager Pat Morgan about it, she put me in touch with the photographer Jerome Brunet. She had said he was a nice guy and might be open to the idea of including the image in our film. What I thought would be an ask of Jerome to see if it was OK for us to use his great image in the film (which we do) turned out to be so much more. In addition to Jerome's great eye, that yielded this incredible image, I also got his vision. He made a mock up poster layout and sent it to me suggesting we use it for the film's one sheet. Once I saw what he had in mind,essentially cutting the image in half and placing the graphics on top, I was immediately blown away. Jerome's initial vision coupled with graphic designer Conrad Kochek's work are the end result we have today.
From Photographer Jerome Brunet:
I had the honor of being the official photographer for the Santa Cruz Blues Festival for over eight years. This boutique festival in northern California enabled me to shoot world-class musicians including the likes of B.B. King, Hubert Sumlin, Etta James, Joe Cocker, James Cotton and Buddy Guy, to name a few.
One of the true highlights of my career was meeting the legendary Muddy Waters pianist ‘Pinetop Perkins’, one of the last of the great Mississippi bluesmen. As I sat across from him backstage, taking pictures before the show, he lit a cigarette and shared a story with me of when he was a kid. He said that he’d go to the store to buy smokes for his grandmother so he could grab a couple for himself! The award-winning portrait from that session has now been published internationally in magazines, books, and now graces the cover of a documentary film poster!
More from Jerome Brunet on his website: http://www.jeromebrunet.com/