Third Mind Blues



Sequoia 1 Thu, Oct 12, 2017 5:30 PM
Lark Theatre Fri, Oct 13, 2017 9:00 PM
Film Info
Running Time:58 min.
Premiere Status:World
Director:William Tyler Smith
Producer:Gary S. Gumowitz
William Tyler Smith
Emma Broomhead
Cinematographer:William Tyler Smith
Emma Broomhead
Editor:Kurt Feldhun
Print Source:418 Films
Note Writer:Sterling Hedgpeth


Chicago-born Ray Manzarek of The Doors was one of the most legendary keyboard players in rock and roll history. Roy Rogers grew up in Vallejo, distinguishing himself as one of the premiere slide guitarists anywhere. The unlikely intersection of their careers resulted in years of fruitful collaboration memorialized in William Tyler Smith’s intimate, irresistible music documentary, Third Mind Blues. Watching the pair improvise songs, rehearse for a concert tour, and lay down album tracks is a master class in the special alchemy of opposites attracting, with influences ranging from the classical canon and Delta blues heritage to the SF Beat poets who provided many of their lyrics. Throughout, we see them mingle the playful with the philosophical, embracing their musical pasts while forging new creative roads together. This passion and partnership are on lovely display here, and for Manzarek, who died in 2013, it’s a fitting tribute to a life devoted to music.

Live music event to follow at Sweetwater Music Hall. Separate ticket required. Purchase tickets here.

In association with Amoeba Music.

Additional Information

William Tyler Smith describes himself as a "very independent" documentary and fiction filmmaker, film professor, and still photographer based in New York City. He holds an MFA from the UCLA Graduate Film & Television School. Smith has directed four documentaries (The Third Mind, Imagine A School…Summerhill, Third Mind Blues, and The Incredible Flamin Groovies Movie) and one narrative feature (Kiss Me Again) and numerous short films across many different genres. His films have won awards at international festivals and have been broadcast, streamed, and distributed on DVD all over the world. Smith was recently named as one of the "15 Most Notable Art Professors" in New York City.