HREAM is a new documentary profiling the life of San Francisco funk outsider Doug Hream Blunt. Available to watch for free on QFT Player.
In a feel-good story at a time when experiencing live music isn't possible, the film highlights the non-traditional connections music creates between players of all ages, experience-levels, and social statuses.
A full-time nurse, Blunt only began learning music aged 35 when he took a night class taught by a local high school music teacher and his wife. During the class, he wrote and self-released an album called “Gentle Persuasion”, enlisting the other students to become his band members. Blunt then brought his passion for music into Laguna Honda Hospital where he worked, playing exclusively for his AIDS ward patients during the 1980s.
David Byrne's Luaka Bop reissued Gentle Persuasion in 2015, bringing him to wider audiences. In 2016, he played his first shows ever outside of the hospital, touring across the east and west coasts of America, and also playing London, Russia, and Tasmania.
Creating a new band in each city he performs, Blunt is joined by a multitude of 12-15-year-old students as well as established musicians such as David Byrne, Peanut Butter Wolf, Luke Jenner of the Rapture, and Joakim, as well as Blunt’s fans Sudan Archives and Jamie Lidell.
HREAM was directed by aspiring musician Geoffrey Hug, who met Blunt when he answered an online ad to join his band in NYC. Hug then followed Blunt for the rest of the tour, playing bongos and documenting each band and performance.
Thanks to Yale Evelev at Luaka Bop.