Directed by Yonah Krohn THE JUNKMAN'S SON - DVD ($16.98) The movie about Johnny Childs, one of the most determined human beings of our generation. Rated-R (language and sexuality)
The film, a surprising and compelling story that represents the diverse personal and professional challenges a Jewish Blues musician faces through a very unusual journey! The story of Johnny Childs spans over 30 years, 4 continents, and decades of failure through his final push in the pursuit of becoming one of the most accomplished and unlikely success stories of the genre. With only six months to go he now "absolutely must get signed" to a major label before his 30th birthday...
"Warning! This is not your father's blues documentary!"
Short synop Johnny Childs is a man with a plan. A man with a plan for the blues. The film, eight years in the making, follows Johnny as a 12 year old runaway from an ultra-Orthodox Jewish family as he grows and traverses the world in pursuit of his mission to find his own identity and ultimately to become an accomplished blues musician. Now with only six months to go, he "absolutely must get signed" to a major label before his 30th birthday. His deadline is a culmination of decades filled with economic strife, persistent bad luck, struggles between tradition and ambition, and the fervent desire to make his dream a reality. Blues Before Sunrise explores the trials of an artist fighting for recognition despite years of rejection and shows why Johnny Childs might actually be one of the most determined human beings of our generation.
Long Synop Meet Yonah Krohn, a.k.a. Johnny Childs. He's handsome, funny, shrewd, crude and maybe even slightly demented. But no doubt he is one sensational blues artist who has even been likened to a Picasso of the genre. Most importantly Johnny is one of the most determined human beings of our generation. So determined, that within six months, [before the day he turns 30] he's going to get signed to a major Blues record label, against all odds and by any means necessary. And shortly thereafter he will go on to win the "W.C. Handy Award" for "Best New Blues Artist of the Year",
...Or so he hopes.
Along the journey into Johnny Childs’ world, we begin to understand the incredible personal history that fuels his tremendous musical passion. Eight years in the making, and culminated from over 200 hours of footage and other media, this film follows Johnny as a 12 year old runaway, through his restrictive Ultra-Orthodox Jewish upbringing in Toronto, dealing cocaine in Miami and a strange but spirited journey thru Boston, Jerusalem, New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco. Ultimately, The Junkman's Son is a candid, off the wall story about human determination and a portrayal of passion, excess, risk-taking, fame and the pursuit of one's own personal happiness.