In 2009, Robert Bundreau released The Deaths Of Chet Baker, a short film that explored the many myths surrounding the death of the legendary jazz trumpeter. Baker was found dead below a hotel window in Amsterdam in 1988 with serious wounds in his head. He was only 59. Baker led a hard life colored by drug addiction and arrests, but his delicate solos and unique vocal stylings remain some of the best-remembered of ’50s and ’60s jazz. Bundreau’s newest film, a feature-length biopic titled Born To Be Blue, will premiere at the Toronto Film Festival on 9/13, and stars Ethan Hawke as Baker in the latter half of the 1960s. Rather than focus on his death, this new film will attempt to chronicle Baker’s comeback after he spent years out of the spotlight battling heroin addiction. Watch a short clip from the film below.
Born To Be Blue premieres 9/13 at the Toronto Film Festival.