25 Mar 12
[Film trailer included at end of article] A new documentary, shot mostly at Ginger Baker’s horse ranch in South Africa, took the Documentary Grand Jury Prize at the South by Southwest Film Awards. Although "Beware of Mr. Baker" has been accepted at a number of other film festivals, director Jay Bulger is keeping those details under wraps. A wider distribution deal is also in the works. The 90 minute film grew out of the numerous hours of interviews Jay captured for his article "The Devil and Ginger Baker" which was published in Rolling Stone Magazine in August 2009. He spent three months living in South Africa conducting those interviews. In the spring of 2010, Jay returned to South Africa with a small crew to complete it. The film chronicles Baker’s early years, his work as a jazz musician and acceptance by the jazz drummers he idolized, his time in Cream and Blind Faith and the dramatic career moves he made, his struggle with drugs, his love of horses and polo and his return to performing as a jazz drummer. It includes interviews with his family and many of the greatest living musicians including Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood, Jack Bruce, Charlie Watts, Stewart Copeland, John Lydon, Mickey Hart, Lars Ulrich, Carlos Santana, Carmine Appice, Neal Peart, Simon Kirke and many more.