Wheedle's Groove (L.A. premiere!) + The Jim Sullivan Story (world premiere!)

Co-presented by Light In The Attic Records

Wheedle’s Groove – 8:00pm-ish
“Wheedle’s Groove not only paints a vibrant picture of Soul in Seattle and the many people who made it happen, but it also stands as a testament to the potential for individual collectors to rediscover and recover important landmarks in music history for us all.” — Seattle International Film Festival

Thirty years before grunge music put Seattle on the map, late ‘60s groups like Black On White Affair, The Soul Swingers, and Cold, Bold & Together filled airwaves and packed clubs every night of the week. Just as many of the groups were on the verge of breaking out, the fickle public turned its ear to disco, and Seattle’s soul scene slipped into obscurity. Ten years ago, local collector DJ Mr. Supreme uncovered Seattle’s soulful past after finding a dusty Black on White Affair 45 called ‘Bold Soul Sister’ in a 99-cent bin at a Seattle Center record show. A few years later, he’d built a rough impression of a once-thriving scene — and a hefty collection of 45s. With commentary by notable Seattle music figures like Quincy Jones, Sir Mix-A-Lot, Mark Arm (Mudhoney), Ben Gibbard (Death Cab For Cutie), Ben Shepherd (Soundgarden), Kim Warnick (The Fastbacks) and Kenny G — and using interview footage, archival materials, original music, and live performances — Wheedle’s Groove paints the definitive documentary picture of this thriving and vibrant music scene documented in those precious records! Q&A with the filmmakers after the screening! Plus, Light In The Attic-ophiles Matt Sullivan & Patrick McCarthy will DJ before and after the films!
Dir. Jennifer Maas, 2009, DigiBeta, 95 min.

The Jim Sullivan Story – before the feature!
In March 1975, notable folk troubador Jim Sullivan mysteriously disappeared outside Santa Rosa, New Mexico. His VW bug was found abandoned, his motel room untouched. Some think he got lost in the desert. Some think he fell foul of a local family with alleged mafia ties. Some think he was abducted by aliens. Tracking down the truth behind Jim’s mystery became an obsession of Light In The Attic’s Matt Sullivan (no relation) when he happened upon a copy of the album and fell in love. He took on a cross country pilgrimage in search of master tapes and truth, and came back with neither, despite hundreds of phone calls, e-mails, letters, faxes, private detectives, telepathy, palm readings and meetings with Jim’s wife, son and producer. Alongside Light In The Attic’s reissue of Sullivan’s 1969 album “U.F.O.”, The Jim Sullivan Story is a compact portrait of label head Matt Sullivan and film director Jennifer Maas’s unending obsession with the enigma that is Jim Sullivan.
Dir. Jennifer Maas, 2010, digital presentation, 5 min.

Watch the trailer for “Wheedle’s Groove”!
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