When we finished the film we realized that we had dozens and dozens of hours of interview material which we couldn’t possibly include in the film but that was really, really interesting. In a normal documentary, you’re lucky to be able to use 30 seconds of material from an interviewee, but you’ve probably had the camera rolling for 60 minutes with that person! Not all of it is really “the interview” to be fair, but you can have 20-40 minutes out of that hour with some great insights and stories.
Almost all of the interviews we conducted were in Minneapolis and Los Angeles over several trips in 2018 and 2019. In LA in March 2019, for instance, we shot concert material (which we subsequently decided not to use in the film) and interviewed Robbie Krieger, Muzz Skillings, Danny Seraphines, Orianthi, Michael Whitfield, and Marvin Gaye Jr. On previous trips to Los Angeles, we had sat down with Billy Gibbons, Eddie Kramer, Matthieu Bitton, Julia Gerrard (“Lady J”), Alex Al, Chaka Khan, Brody Brown, Brian Hardgroove, Chuck D and Macy Gray.
In Minneapolis we interviewed Spike Moss, Pepe Willie, Markus Amaker, Jeremiah Freed, Sylvia Amos, Patricia Anderson, Senator Bobby Joe Champion, Ora Hokes, Mark Bonde, Jenny Bonde, Danny L’Amour, Gayle Chapman, Kim Berry, Fred Evans, Andrea Swansson, Rich Benson, Neal Carlin, Taylor Coleman, Shondra Dickson, Pierre Lewis, Kimberley Holmes, TC Ellis, Tameko Mitchell, Esther Ojeda, Miho Takayama, Lori Holmquist, Lorna Pettis, Charlnitta Ellis, Dustin Meyer, Samuel Willis, Shy Ellis, Vanessa Drews, Samantha McCarroll-Hyne, Christopher Borton, Darin Rowles, Keith Sherritt, Kelley Hardeman, Jeff Burke and the fabulous Walter “Q Bear” Banks. And of course, we were able to convince Joe Lewis Jr., Roland Willis Jr., Jeffrey Tresvant Sr., and Bill Perry Jr. of The Family to sit together for an interview.
I mean there was so much to these interviews! I cried to think what we were leaving on the cutting room floor…
So we thought we would assemble the interviews in such a way that they could sit alongside the film as a companion.
And if we did the work to prepare these now, we’d have everything ready to go in case someone convinced us to put together a special edition Blu-Ray or DVD with all of the extras!
The interviews are available on Vimeo. Click the images below to open a new tab and see the trailer for each.