Bruno’s Blues kicks off midnight series at the Fifth Avenue Cinemas
Fans of great jazz improvisation and no-budget filmmaking are encouraged to catch up with Bruno’s Blues, an almost intoxicatingly silly mockumentary starring local (by way of Montreal) piano great Bruno Hubert, Brooklyn-based drummer Bill Campbell, trumpet star Brad Turner, and sax wizard Mike Allen, among others, as fictional versions of themselves (and other, even more cartoonish characters).
A first feature for Vancouver Island-based Michael Simard, the clunkily shot film follows the usual musicians-as-self-destructive-children route and then goes 10 steps further into sheer nuttiness—when it doesn’t pause for nice stretches of straight-ahead and sometimes very funky club playing. So it’s probably a good one to kick off a new midnight series at the Fifth Avenue Cinemas. More precisely, it will screen at 11:30 p.m. every Friday and Saturday in June, starting tonight (June 1), with some of the musos on hand to get the party started.