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Born To Be Blue

Sunday, March 13
9:30PM - 11:07PM


Hashtags: #sxsw #BorntobeBlue

Ethan Hawke lights up the screen as jazz legend Chet Baker, whose tumultuous life is thrillingly reimagined with wit, verve, and style to burn. In the 1950s, Baker was one of the most famous trumpeters in the world. By the 1960s, he was all but washed up, his career and personal life in shambles due to years of heroin addiction. In his innovative anti-biopic, director Robert Budreau zeroes in on Baker’s life at a key moment in the 1960s, just as the musician stages a hard-fought comeback. Driven by Hawke’s virtuoso performance, BORN TO BE BLUE unfolds with all the stylistic brio and improvisatory genius of great jazz.

Section: 24 Beats Per Second
Premiere Status: U.S. Premiere
Country: Canada, United Kingdom
Language: English
Year: 2015
Runtime: 97min

Director: Robert Budreau

Executive Producer: William G. Santor, John Hills, Andrew Chang-Sang, Adam Moryto, Gurpreet Chandhoke, Stefan Jacobs, Terry Bird, Mark Slone, Patrick Roy, Christina Kubacki

Producer: Jennifer Jonas, Leonard Farlinger, Jake Seal, Robert Budreau

Screenwriter: Robert Budreau

Cinematographer: Steve Cosen

Editor: David Freeman

Production Designer: Aidan Leroux

Music: David Braid, Todor Kobakov, Steve London

Additional Credits: Re-Recording Mixer : Martin Jensen

Principal Cast: Ethan Hawke, Carmen Ejogo, Callum Keith Rennie, Tony Nappo, Stephen McHattie, Janet-Laine Green, Dan Lett, Kedar Brown, Kevin Hanchard, Tony Nardi


Robert Budreau was born in London, Ontario. He studied at the Vancouver Film School and worked as a lawyer before directing his first feature, THAT BEAUTIFUL SOMEWHERE (2006). His shorts include DRY WHISKEY (2005) and THE DEATHS OF CHET BAKER (2009). BORN TO BE BLUE (2015) is his latest feature.

Distributor: IFC Films

Sales Agent: CAA

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