above: Ricki Lake, Amanda Bynes and Elijah Kelley stop for a photo at the Palm Springs Film Festival.
More of Rick's Picks for the Film Fest
This American film is a drama starring Danny Glover. It takes place during the 1950's in Alabama. Glover plays a character by the name of Ty Pine-Top Purvis who comes up with a plan to rescue his business by finding a well known blues star called "Guitar Sam" to hire. His big plan is to go all out and get Guitar Sam to do a big show. Pine-Top's problem is that he doesn't know how to get in touch with Guitar Sam, and even if e does, he is basically broke. This film has some buzz at the festival and is a good one to see. It is directed by John Sayles and produced by Maggie Renzi. It boasts a strong cast including Danny Glover, Charles S. Dutton, Lisa Gay Hamilton, Keb' Mo', Stacy Keach, Mary Steenburgen and Gary Clark Jr.