Two down and out teen rockers save an ancient bluesman's life and are guided by the ghost of his wife to achieve the fame he never had.
WHAT'S IT ABOUT
We Be Kings is a fictional story about an elderly couple, I Be King (to be played by Magic Slim) and his wife Lilly (Grana Louise), who live in the Mississippi Delta and own their own juke joint, Lilly's Lounge and Disco. They sing and play and cook ribs together, are sublimely happy. And totally unknown except to the locals. They had a song called We Be Kings that played on Delta radio once, it drove everybody in the Delta crazy that summer of l958, but...then it disappeared. Back to the present Lilly dies, and I Be just can't stand the memories any more alone in the Lounge. He takes off in his truck (the Kingmobile) and heads north, playing in K Mart and Denny's parking lots (he's got some beat up jumbo Bose speakers strapped to the roof of the Kingmobile), any place to earn gas and food money to get to the next town. One thing he hadn't expected was the appearance of Lilly riding shotgun. Scolding him, buggin him, joking with him, just like old times. I Be knows talking to a ghost must mean you've lost your marbles but, frankly, he enjoys the company. He keeps heading north against the advice of Lilly. Until one night in a deserted part of Hibbings, Minnesota (Dylan's home town), he slips and falls in a blizzard, can't get up or won't get up, and decides its time to die, go upstairs and join his beloved. "We aren't ready for you yet you got work to do" Lilly tells him. "Can't a man die without bein bugged?" he complains. She guides two metal heads, Layla (Bianca Ryan) and Dustin (Quinn Sullivan), that have gotten thrown out of their band, to a half frozen/half dead I Be King. They load him in the Kingmobile, thaw him out, and as payback demand I Be King give them a lift south. Officially and unofficially, they're running away from some tough homes. He tries to get rid of them but they stick like superglue, and they learn to play together. An all points bulletin is put out for Layla as a runaway. Out of money, the three play outside a junior high school in Cairo, Illinois, at lunch hour and cause a sensation with the same forgotten song I Be and Lilly sang on Delta radio 50 years before. A student, Sam (Pryce Watkins), running a record company from his bedroom, takes a video with his phone and slaps it on the internet...Then all hell breaks lose. Layla's apprehended by a sheriff, Dustin disappears, and I Be King heads south. The video viralizes, and the song We Be Kings has the same power it did before. Feets around the world start shuffling, people can't stand still. Everyone wants to know who this crazy band is! Was the bust for real? Is this some kind of Blair Witch mojo? And where are they? Crowds start to congregate at Lilly's Lounge. Even record labels head south. Sam hits the road to protect his discovery. A Japanese tourist bus shows up. But where's the band? Nobody knows...And will anybody ever know? Guess you'll have to ask Lilly, cause she seems, you see, to be able to influence things...Believe it...And in the end, that's what We Be Kings is about- having faith in the power of grace that surrounds us, believing in yourself and the angels upstairs trying to help us, and going whole hog towards your goal and destiny.
WHO'S IN THE FILM
Magic Slim as I Be King
Grana Louise as Lilly
Bianca Ryan as Layla
Quinn Sullivan as Dustin
Pryce Watkins as Sam
And featuring the TEARDROPS, Magic Slim's band...
Does this qualify as a low budget film? Can we do it for this amount of money? You bet your bottom dollar we can. That means no money no fees going into the pocket of the Producer, that'd be me, it all goes on to the screen, and we've pulled some amazing deferments to get it done for this price. We've got an excellent DP Ed Slattery who's going to make it look gorgeous. A state of the art sound studio in the woods outside Chicago for a song and a dime, owned by an audio fanatic who collects microphones from the 50's. A sound engineer Fred Breitberg that can tell the decibel difference between a gnat and a fly at a two mile distance, and Blues Maven Marty Salzman, Slim's manager, who is digging up great blues songs for us from the trunk of his car. And a sound and editing tete de genie (that means genius in French) in Paris, Jean Daniel Plillault at Traffic, that is throwing in with the band. JD, as we call him, can take a hard drive clogged with sand from a Mali desert shoot and make it sparkle.
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Jan 27, 2012 - Feb 24, 2012
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Exclusive newsletter with "the making of We Be Kings" updates, streaming video of action on the movie set and recording sessions with the We Be Kings band! Be a fly on our wall!!! Plunge into the future of cinema and rock and roll! Dig the deep and heavy blues action of Magic Slim. Be there with us every step of the way as we make WE BE KINGS!Estimated delivery: Feb 2012
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All of the above PLUS a signed DVD of the movie, PLUS a signed limited edition movie poster, PLUS an official Executive Producer digital document with thank you from the cast, PLUS your name in the end credits of the movie in a special section marked Executive Producers that will read your name plus a "K" (for King) as your middle initial. We ALL be Kings as the saying goes...So become an EXECUTIVE PRODUCER with us. And its true. You ARE getting this thing produced, so take credit will ya? I know it sounds over the top, but for the rest of your life you'll be able to say...I produced a movie named We Be Kings...Has a nice ring to it doesn't it? Advance pre-release download of the movie and the SOUNDTRACK. Oh my gosh you're...loaded! Have no doubts THIS is a first class ticket climb aboard the Kingmobile ( I Be King's truck) and ride south with us on Rt. 61!!!!Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
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All of the above but a Blu Ray DVD with exclusive interviews with cast/director on "the making of We Be Kings", exclusive video outakes of production and recording sessions, PLUS a signed and mailed version of the Exec Producer document, PLUS a We Be Kings bracelet, PLUS a signed CD and YOUR NAME in the liner notes of the CD in a special thank you section. If the $25 dollar reward was the first class ticket on I Be's raggedy sofa in back of the Kingmobile, then this puts you in the Kingmobile driver's seat! Oh and get this, a copy of the handwritten lyrics of one of Bianca's original songs (her choice) but SIGNED (we're talking ink) by Bianca herself.Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
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All of the above PLUS a limited edition of the We Be Kings band tee shirt! Wear it proudly and hold on to it til it falls off your back because only a few of the lucky and foresighted get this one. PLUS two free tickets to a advance PREVIEW of the film, we will screen in Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York so grab a date and strap on your tee shirt and join us! Popcorn, live music, dancing...come get all the way down Delta style.Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
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All of the above PLUS you are invited to be an extra in a scene on the We Be Kings set, as long as you can pay your expenses to and where we're shooting. Chicago? Illinois? MIssissippi? We supply the road map for Rt. 61!Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
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All of the above PLUS you will receive one of the guitars provided to the production by a guitar company and AUTOGRAPHED by the cast. We can't guarantee you'll be playing like Magic Slim or Quinn Sullivan but its a hell of a good start...Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
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All of the above PLUS Magic Slim and the Teardrops will play in the venue of your choice, subject to his schedule and availability, in your hometown, or your home, or your favorite bar or club, invite your friends or high school class, your company employees, your girlfriends, or your boyfriends, and take the stage with Magic and stand in and sing your tail feather off and trade licks with Magic. We'll provide the videographer to immortalize you and Magic. Just pay the band's expenses to get there ok?Estimated delivery: Sep 2012