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Sushi and Sauce Piquante’s “Rough-Cut” Screens To Capacity Crowd To Help Save Festival

3 March 2013

Contrary to the well-intentioned and wonderful reviews of Sushi’s 8th Cinema on the Bayou Film Festival opening in Lafayette, Louisiana on January 23, 2013, it was not a U.S. premiere. “I may have risked losing a potential world or U.S. premiere at a major festival to help save Louisiana’s second oldest-running film festival that I started after Hurricane Katrina knocked out the New Orleans Film Festival in 2005,” says Pat Mire. “I have been around the block and this is not my first film or festival. Cinema on the Bayou is like one of my children and its very life means more to me than any other film festival in the world. So be it, we packed the house and saved the festival at $15 a ticket. I screened a director’s rough-cut. Now, I am ready to finish the film and bring it to market.”

Mire hopes the film on the life and music of Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, Gerry McGee, ends up playing to large and diverse audiences because the story has its place in rock and roll history. In the film, Edward James Olmos says with conviction that McGee influenced Eric Clapton and George Harrison to the point that it changed their style of playing when they heard Gerry on Delaney, Bonnie and Friends’ groundbreaking album “Accept No Substitute.” And Kris Kristofferson goes on to say that Gerry is absolutely the best guitar player he ever played with and his singing is as soulful as Ray Charles. Footage of McGee in Japan demonstrates his “Guitar God” status, as well as shows how the band he has been playing with for over 40 years, The Ventures, out-sold the Beatles 2-to-1 in Japan when the Beatles were at the height of their popularity.