Cheesehead Blues Re-Cut
The Netherlands / 63 min. / 2019 / English, Dutch / English subtitles of Dutch conversations
Adventures of a Dutchman in the Mississippi Delta. Cheesehead Blues Re-Cut is a music documentary on the state of the blues set in Clarksdale, Mississippi, birthplace of the delta blues and second home of Theo Dasbach, founder of the amazing Rock & Blues Museum.
In 2011 filmmaker Jan Doense set out on a musical road trip in the Deep South of the U.S.A. While visiting Clarksdale – home of Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker and Ike Turner among others – he met fellow Dutchman Theo “Boogieman” Dasbach, a former international banker who had been sacked by his employer and then decided to move his enormous collection of blues and rock & roll memorabilia from Arum, Friesland to Clarksdale, Mississippi. This became the Rock & Blues Museum, one of the must-see attractions for any music lover visiting Clarksdale.
Besides operating the Rock & Blues Museum – which, sadly, had to permanently close its doors in March 2019 – Theo is also a self-taught musician who loves to ‘barrelhouse in C’ and the organizer of the annual Second Street Blues Party, which hosts local celebrities such as the late T-Model Ford, Bill “Howl-N-Madd” Perry, Selwyn Cooper and Deak Harp, to name but a few.
Cheesehead Blues Re-Cut not only chronicles the adventures of a Dutchman in the Mississippi Delta, but also pictures a town in one of the poorest states of America that has managed to re-invent itself by keeping the blues alive.
Jan Doense studied International Law at the University of Amsterdam and started his career in film as a critic and a journalist. He was the founding director of the Imagine: Amsterdam Fantastic Film Festival until 2008 and currently is the director of the International Film Festival Film by the Sea in Flushing, the Netherlands. In 2009 Jan founded House of Netherhorror, where he developed and produced various feature length film projects. He directed various shorts and was made a knight in the Order of Orange Nassau on the grounds of his contributions to the Dutch film sector. Cheesehead Blues Re-Cut is Jan’s first documentary.
Q&A Moderator Dick van Dijk, owner of the well know Amsterdam based record store Concerto and director of PlatoMania.
Plato is a group of music specialized stores. The first store was opened in Leiden in the mid-1970s. At the moment there are Plato’s in Utrecht, Zwolle, Groningen, Apeldoorn, Deventer and Leiden. In 2005 the Amsterdam Concerto shop was added to the group. Concerto is a reference in the music world and has existed for more than fifty years. Plato releases his own music magazine, the Mania, with music and film reviews.