Tuesday, January 29, 2013
K5 Acquires Rights to SXSW Feature 'Beware of Mr Baker'
Possibly the wildest, most confrontational, stubborn, egocentric and downright dangerous piece of work that is Ginger Baker, the drummer of Cream and Blind Faith, is the subject of Jay Bulger’s SXSW Grand Jury Prize winning documentary "Beware of Mr Baker" which has been snapped up by K5 International for international sales at Berlin’s European Film Market next month.
Directed by Jay Bulger, produced by Insurgent Media’s Andrew Karsch (Moneyball, Prince of Tides) and Fisher Stevens ("The Cove," "Stand Up Guys"), and executive produced by Julie Goldman("Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry, Buck"), the film introduces us to one of the world’s greatest drummers but also a character full of rage and unpredictability. Baker’s drug-induced self-destruction is the finest in car-crash viewing.
Constructed from hours of interviews from Bulger’s three month stay with Baker and accompanied by highly visual 3D-animated photography, from Baker’s former days in the cradle of Fela-Kuti’s Afro-beat to his recent secluded life as a 73-year-old with his young 39-year-old bride in the wilderness of South Africa, Bulger takes the audience on a journey through every smash of Baker’s drumming career. The film includes interviews with music legends such as Eric Clapton, Charlie Watts, SteveWinwood, Carlos Santana and Stewart Copeland.