John Sayles was in my studio this afternoon to talk about his new movie, “Honeydripper,” which kicks off the St. Louis International Film Festival.
“Honeydripper” is a blues bar in rural Alabama in 1950 run by Danny Glover and Charles S. Dutton, who need a big crowd on Saturday night if they want to save the business. There’s lots of music, family intrigue, and Sayles says some interesting things about race in the deep south at that time. The cast includes Stacy Keach, Mary Steenburgen, Vondie Curtis-Hall, Lisa Gay Hamilton.
Gary Clark Jr. is a hot young guitarist from Austin who has a featured role in the movie. He was with Sayles this afternoon, so I stuck a Stratocaster in his hands and had him play a couple of songs live in the studio.
I also talked to Sayles about how he directs “name” actors, what led him to this story, and how he deals with actors with different styles. We also discussed his work on several Bruce Springsteen music videos and on the script for “Jurassic Park IV.”