Dan Pritzker, one of the heirs to the Hyatt Hotel fortune, started shooting Bolden!, a movie about an obscure jazz musician, in 2008. He wrapped principal photography last year after many reshoots. And then: silence.
An off shoot project, a short silent film called “Louis” about Louis Armstrong, was shown about half a dozen times with a live orchestra and then was put away.
Actors and agents involved in Bolden! no longer know what’s happened, including Anthony Mackie, who plays Buddy Bolden, Jackie Earle Haley, and Reno Wilson. Pritzker and I spoke this evening. I thought maybe Bolden! had been released and I’d forgotten about. Nope. Bolden! is sitting in an editing room in Pritzker’s Chicago mansion. An editor comes and goes he says, and they have several versions.