Črni Kastavac

This documentary film directed by Igor Modrić gives a biographical insight into the life of the cosmopolitan, nomad, musician, fantastic bluesman and ‘rambler’ Jerry Ricks. The American from Philadelphia, who spent the last period of his life in the town of Kastav, couldn’t have imagined that a memorial blues festival established in his honour, would last for ten years and successfully promote not only the town of Kastav and its surroundings, but also the whole Kvarner region and even Croatia.

This movie, portrait of an art form that effortlessly breaks down all barriers, features numerous friends, acquaintances, and colleagues of Jerry, but also many prominent musicians from all over the world who have visited Kastav and its Blues Festival because of him, and who continue to do so. Michael Roach, Bonnie Dobson, Michael Messer, Duck Baker, Tommy Emmanuel, and Woody Mann are just a few of the witnesses of the unforgettable musical journey of the ‘’Black Kastavian’’.