The Paul

Butterfield Story


"It's such a personal instrument. It's really like a horn from the heart."

- Paul Butterfield


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See the film critics are raving about

“While the last third of Butterfield’s life is tragic, spending the better part of 90 minutes with the man and his music is exhilarating. The picture may get at least a few people talking about him again.” - Glenn Kenny, The New York Times and a NEW YORK TIMES CRITIC’S PICK

Horn From the Heart is an enlightening look at an under-documented musician.” - David Browne, Rolling Stone



** New Screenings Added Regularly **

Date(s) City State Theater
August 22, 24, 26 & 27 Tasmania Australia State Cinema
September 6 Seattle WA Grand Illusion Cinema
October 7, 8 & 9 Nicosia Cyprus Pantheon Theatre
November 23 Reading PA Reading Blues Fest
December 7 Portland ME Portland Museum of Fine Art - Maine Jewish Film Festival


Date(s) City State Theater
Oct. 17-21 New York NY The Roxy Cinema
Oct. 17 Sedona AZ Mary D. Fisher Theatre
Oct. 18 Sebastopol CA Rialto Sebastopol
Oct. 19-25 Tulsa OK Circle Cinema
Oct. 28 Nevada City CA Nevada Theatre
Oct. 28 Bethlehem PA ArtsQuest
Nov. 1 Buffalo NY North Park Theater
Nov. 2-8 Pasadena CA Laemmle Playhouse
Nov. 2, 6, 11 Sarasota FL Cine-World Film Festival, Burns Court
Nov. 2, 4-7, 11-14 Plymouth NH Flying Monkey Movie House
Nov. 4 Roanoke VA The Spot on Kirk
Nov. 5 North Hollywood CA Laemmle Noho
Nov. 6 Santa Monica CA Laemmle Monica
Nov. 7 Cincinnati OH Woodward Theater
Nov. 8 Vallejo CA Empress Theatre
Nov. 9-15 Chicago IL Gene Siskel Film Center
Nov. 9-15 Buckhannon WV Lascaux Micro-Theater
Nov. 14 Orlando FL Gallery at Avalon Island
Nov. 14 Rosendale NY Rosendale Theatre
Nov. 14 Tacoma WA Grand Cinema
Nov. 15 Arlington MA The Regent Theatre
Nov. 19 Vancouver BC Vancity Theatre
Nov. 16-22 Albuquerque NM The Guild
Nov. 23-25 York PA Small Star Art House
Nov. 24 & 25 Long Beach CA The Art Theatre
Nov. 26 & 27 Camas WA Liberty Theatre
Nov. 27 Bellingham WA Pickford Film Center
Nov. 27 Fairfield CT Fairfield Stage One
Nov. 27 - Dec. 1 Boulder CO The Dairy Center for the Arts
Nov. 27 & Dec. 2 Florence OR City Lights Cinema
Nov. 28 Nantucket MA Nantucket Dreamland
Nov. 28 Vancouver WA Vancity Theatre
Nov. 29 & Dec. 1 York PA Small Star Art House
Nov. 30 Mystic CT Mystic Luxury Cinemas
Dec. 1 Huntington NY Cinema Arts Center
Dec. 3 South Burlington VT Palace 9
Dec. 10 Asbury Park NJ The ShowRoom
Dec. 11 Vancouver WA Kiggins Theatre
Dec. 13 Sebastopol CA Rialto Cinemas Sebastopol
Dec. 13 Bellingham WA Pickford Film Center
Dec. 16 Woodstock NY Upstate Films
Dec. 17 Arlington MA Regent Theatre
Dec. 19 Camas WA Liberty Theatre
Dec. 21 Toronto ON Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema
Dec. 6-9, 13-16, 22 & 23 Hudson NY Time & Space Limited
Jan. 4-10 Lake Worth FL Lake Worth Playhouse
Jan. 5 York PA Small Star Art House
Jan. 10 Berkeley CA Rialto Elmwood
Jan. 11-13 Louisville KY Speed Art Museum
Jan. 14 Asbury Park NJ The ShowRoom
Jan. 16 Towson MD WTMD/Towson University
Jan. 17 Cleveland OH Cinematheque (The Cleveland Institute of Art)
Jan. 18 Hartford CT Wadsworth Atheneum
Jan. 19 Picton ON The Regent Theatre
Jan. 20 Phoenix AZ FilmBar
Jan. 22 Berkeley CA Rialto Elmwood
Jan. 23 Pleasantville NY Jacob Burns Film Center
Jan. 23 Washington DC Landmark E Street Cinema
Jan. 25-26 Clarksdale MS Clarksdale Film Festival
Feb. 3 Fort Bragg CA Coast Cinemas
Feb. 9 Monterey CA Golden State Theatre
Feb. 16 Berkeley CA Rialto Elmwood
Feb. 16 Houston TX 14 Pews
Feb. 22 Fall River MA Narrows Center for the Arts
Feb. 24 Calgary AB Calgary Midwinter Bluesfest
Feb. 27 Middlebury VT The Marquis Theatre
Mar. 27 & 29 Utica NY Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute
Mar. 31 Houston TX 14 Pews
April 5 Springfield IL NPR Illinois Foreign & Independent Film Series
Apr. 17 Cleveland OH Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
May 10 Lambertville NJ Acme Screening Room
May 11 Sutter Creek CA Sutter Creek Theatre
May 20 Port Jefferson NY Port Jefferson Documentary Series
June 16 & 23 Cobourg ON The Loft Cinema
June 21, 22, 26 & 27 Winnipeg MB Winnipeg Cinematheque
July 10 Amherst MA Amherst Cinema Arts Center
July 14 Dallas TX Texas Theatre - KNON Film Festival
July 17 Three Oaks MI Vickers Theatre
Aug. 4 Portland OR Hollywood Theatre
Aug. 12 Woodstock IL Classic Cinemas Woodstock Theatre
August 16-22 Detroit MI Cinema Detroit




HORN FROM THE HEART: The Paul Butterfield Story is a feature-length documentary about the life and career of legendary blues musician Paul Butterfield. A white, teen-age harmonica player from Chicago’s south side, Paul learned the blues from the original black masters performing nightly in his own back yard. Muddy Waters was Paul’s mentor and lifelong friend, happy to share his wisdom and expertise with such a gifted young acolyte.

The interracial Paul Butterfield Blues Band, featuring the twin guitar sound of Michael Bloomfield and Elvin Bishop, the rhythm section of Sam Lay and Jerome Arnold and the keyboards of Mark Naftalin, added a rock edge to the Chicago blues, bringing an authenticity to its sound that struck a chord with the vast white rock audience and rejuvenated worldwide interest in the blues. The band's first LP, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band released on Elektra Records in 1965, was named “#11 Blues Album of All Time” by Downbeat.

The only artist to perform at The Newport Folk Festival in 1965, The Monterey Pop Festival in 1967 and Woodstock in 1969, Paul would continue to break new ground in the blues and to stand up for racial equality until his death at age 44 in 1987 of a drug overdose. Through his music and words, along with first-hand accounts of his family, his bandmates and those closest to him, HORN FROM THE HEART: The Paul Butterfield Story tells the complex story of a man many call the greatest harmonica player of all time.

The Paul Butterfield Blues Band was inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2015.

Paul's friends speak:

"The sound was ferocious. He just went for it. To be onstage with him, it was like a hurricane. It was my introduction to the idea that it’s better to reach for something and miss it than just to hold back and play it safe."
- David Sanborn
Saxophone, Butterfield Blues Band


"We were an interracial band where everybody was equal, but there were parts of the country that didn’t see it that way. People would say something to us and there were some near-confrontations with Butterfield because he would get in their face. He stood up for what he believed in."
- Buzz Feiten
Guitar, Butterfield Blues Band


"Paul was an incredible creative spirit and always kept stretching. As deep as he would go into the roots, he was always pushing the envelope of what blues could be."
- Bonnie Raitt
Recording Artist


"I ain’t bragging on us, but I didn’t see anybody that was better. And we happened to be black and white."

- Sam Lay
Drums, Paul Butterfield Blues Band



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