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Beware of Mr. Baker
USA | 2012 | 92min | DCP | Documentary

PROGRAM NOTE

Ginger Baker is known for playing in Cream and Blind Faith, but the world’s greatest drummer didn’t hit his stride until 1972, when he arrived in Nigeria and discovered Fela Kuti’s Afrobeat. After leaving Nigeria, Ginger returned to his pattern of drug-induced self-destruction, eventually settling in South Africa, where the 73-year-old lives with his young bride and 39 polo ponies. This documentary includes interviews with Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood, Carlos Santana and more. Beware of Mr. Baker with every smash of the drum is a man smashing through life, and smashing the filmmaker’s nose on the last day of filming. 

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DIRECTOR

Jay Bulger

Jay Bulger was a boxer and then modeling for brands such as Armani and Hermes. After a 2 year bout with cancer, Jay dedicated himself to writing and has since published feature articles for Rolling Stone, Harpers Bazaar and many other publications. For his article [In Search of Ginger Baker], Jay spent 3 months living with the rock legend in South Africa. The article and the interviews Jay captured on film became the premise for Beware of Mr. Baker. 
Producer
: Andrew Karsch, Fisher Stevens
Cast
: Ginger Baker, Eric Clapton
Screenwriter
: Jay Bulger
Cinematography
: Eric Robbins
Editor
: Abhay Sofsky
Music
: Susan Jacobs
Sound
: Reilly Steele
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