When 81 year-old Leo „Bud“ Welch from the Mississippi backwoods skyrocketed to global Blues & Gospel stardom after releasing his debut record in 2014, it took the music world by surprise: Where has this guy been the last 60 years? Why has nobody ever heard of him before? When he started playing 10-15 shows every month all over North America and even in Europe and Africa, more questions arose: How is this possible for a guy his age? Who makes all this happen? Answers are given in Late Blossom Blues, a feature-length Documentary about Leo "Bud" Welch and his very late rise to fame. It’s the quintessential Blues story – a story about poverty and exploitation, about The Lord & The Devil, and of course a story about life that reminds us that it’s never too late to live your dream. Late Blossom Blues follows Leo and his ex-soldier manager as they balance the tight rope between business and geriatrics, between jetlag and soundcheck. It also paints a heartwarming portrait of Leo’s small hometown Bruce, MS where Leo’s daily life is still untouched by his late global popularity. Documenting the most exciting times in the life of one of the last real Bluesmen, Late Blossom Blues is a film of historic dimension for all music-lovers – a moving account of a hard-working man, who, despite all the adversaries, never wavered from his passion and waited more than 70 years to finally live his dream.
When: Monday, April 24, 2017 | 7:30 pm
Where: Austrian Cultural Forum, 3524 International Court NW, Washington, DC, 20008
Tickets: General admission is free and open to the public.
Wolfgang Pfoser-Almer (Director & Producer): Wolfgang Pfoser-Almer is the man who came up with the idea for this movie. He is the driving force behind this project and is director and producer of the movie. He has 17 years of experience in music, event and multimedia work and has founded four companies on the way. However, Late Blossom Blues is his first real movie project. Wolfgang has discovered, supported and promoted many award-winning artists in his home country Austria and currently works as freelance curator and artistic director of a big open air festival called LINZFEST. Wolfgang was the first to invite Leo “Bud” Welch to Europe to play on 2014′s LINZFEST. Wolfgang holds a Master’s degree in Film & TV-Production and in Business Administration and has done minor work as actor, location scout and consultant on local film productions. Wolfgang lives and works in Vienna.
Stefan Wolner (Co-Director & Co-Producer): Stefan Wolner has been making movies since his early teenage years. He worked at ORF (Austrian Broadcasting Company) as director and was part of many successful projects there. He realized many short movies, advertisement and industrial movies and has won several international awards. Since 2012, Stefan also worked as production & unit manager, e.g. for the six-episodes TV-series ‘Wagner vs. Verdi’, for the nature documentary “The Triumph of the Tomato” and for ORF’s children’s programme. Stefan holds a degree in Media Design and a Master’s Degree in Film- and TV Production. Stefan lives and works in Vienna/Austria.