As part of a Cinema Series leading up to CineFestival in February 2017, The Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center and CineFestival present Sir Doug and the Genuine Texas Cosmic Groove, Joe Nick Patoski’s directorial debut documentary on the unsung hero of Texas on Thursday, November 17, 7:30pm at the Guadalupe Teater (1301 Guadalupe Street). San Antonio native Doug Sahm was known as a child musical prodigy who went on to experiment and combine country music, rock, conjunto and blues to create a truly unique sound. Friend of Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead, Dr. John, Fathead Newman, Creedence Clearwater Revival, and several generations of musicians of all stripes, Sahm played a critical role in launching and re-launching the careers of Willie Nelson, Freddy Fender, Flaco Jimenez, Steve Jordan and Roky Erickson. Above all, he was the “Groover’s groover”, a kinetic whirlwind moving at a mile a minute who also happened to be an exceptional musician and a natural bandleader. This documentary reveals his fascinating story.
Joe Nick Patoski has published numerous biographies on Lone Star landmarks such as Selena, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and Willie Nelson, and now debuts as a filmmaker with Sir Doug & the Genuine Texas Cosmic Groove. This film premiered at the SXSW Film with rave reviews. Director Patoski will hold a Q & A session with the audience immediately following the screening of his documentary.
“From it’s subject to it’s director, “Sir Douglas and the Genuine Texas Cosmic Groove” is a Texas film through and through. The subject of this film, musician Doug Sahm, began performing country music at an early age and eventually went on to experiment with rock n’ roll, Tex-Mex and blues among other genres.” – Indiewire
“It wasn’t just any 11-year-old who could get on stage with Hank Williams Sr. and that, at what was once one of Austin’s best-known music venues and home to the stars — the Skyline Club. But in December 1952, at the age of 11 and a month or more so, “Little” Doug Sahm did.” – Texas Public Radio
“Like the subject of the Leon Russell documentary, Sahm, best known for founding the Sir Douglas Quintet, was an outlier who captured the spirit of the times, someone who “came about in the time of rock ‘n’ roll, the hippie thing and psychedelia happening, and brought those elements into their roots in country music.” – Los Angeles Times
San Antonio CineFestival, the nation’s original and longest-running Latino film festival, will celebrate its 39th anniversary Friday, Feb 24 – Saturday, March 4, 2017. Nine days of the best in contemporary U.S. and International Latino films at the Historic Guadalupe Theater, en San Antonio. The program boasts current and relevant films but without pretense. Its grassroots history and approach provide community members immediate access to and interesting encounters with the artists that create beautiful films. Here, in a fertile and innovative climate, life-long learners, filmgoers and community, are invited to honor and celebrate the presentation of Latino art.
The Guadalupe’s screening of Sir Doug Sahm and the Genuine Texas Cosmic Groove is sponsored by the generous support of Kronkosky Charitable Foundation, City of San Antonio Department of Arts and Culture, Texas Commission on the Arts, Hearst Foundations, and the National Endowment for the Arts.