In the obligatory nightclub scene of my imaginary film noir, there won’t be a swing band with a sultry singer, as in “Criss Cross,” Murder, My Sweet” or “The Maltese Falcon.” There will be a rock & roll band in a dive bar, and they’ll look and sound something like this.
The Shrugs and I go way back. I produced their 1994 album, “Once Around the World,” when Eddie Sanford and Bill Cotter were joined by Tony Krasinski on drums and Brad Harrington on bass. Graham Scott and Jeffrey Larson are the present day rhythm section. They play Eddie’s original songs and selected covers of the era, like “Little Black Egg” and “Woolly Bully.”
My movie, “The Big Session,” imagines that a missing master tape by a couple of big rock stars turns up years later in a waterfront city, where it becomes an object of interest to criminals near and far. The hero is an unemployed newspaper writer who was fired over a political controversy and lives on a houseboat on Presque Isle.
Although the “McGuffin” is completely fictional (there is no evidence that the rock stars in question ever recorded together), major parts of the story are based on historical events and characters are based on real people. There are opportunities for local actors to play fictionalized versions of themselves as well as lots of room for improvisation. There are opportunities for three local bands to be featured in nighttime scenes. Production is tentatively scheduled for early fall 2017.
More on all of this in future blog installments.