Release date:April 9, 2010
(NY; LA release: Apr. 16)
Studio:International Film Circuit
Screenwriters:Peter Martin Wortmann, Robert Conte
Starring:Alessandro Nivola, David Oyelowo, Chi McBride, Jon Abrahams, Megalyn Echikunwoke, Marika Dominczyk, Derrick Martin, Robert Randolph
"Who Do You Love" tells the story of Leonard Chess, a Polish immigrant living in Chicago, who becomes enamored with the new blues sound emanating from the city in the mid-1940s. Chess and his brother Phil open a club called Macomba and gamble on producing "race records" with the help of bass player and songwriter Willie Dixon. After initial failure, they find tremendous success with the iconic bluesman Muddy Waters, and on the strength of his popularity, started Chess Records. Chess Records quickly grew into an influential label, launching the careers of Waters, Bo Diddley, Etta James, Chuck Berry, among others, and introducing the Blues to American audiences on a broader scale. "Who Do You Love" tracks the growth of Chess Records, but more importantly, presents a poignant look into the strains the label placed on Leonard Chess' family, namely his wife Revetta and his son Marshall.