• Blaze Foley (circa 1981)

Until Fat Possum Records released The Dawg Years last year I’d never heard of Texas singer-songwriter Blaze Foley (born Michael David Fuller), and I’m sure I have plenty of company in that regard. A new documentary called Blaze Foley: Duct Tape Messiah, directed by Kevin Triplett and produced for Austin public-access TV show Between the Scenes, screens at 7 PM on Sunday at the Hideout as part of the closing festivities for the Chicago International Movies & Music Festival. The film goes a long way toward explaining who Foley was, but unfortunately the screener DVD I got from CIMMfest was defective—I got only fleeting glimpses of the final third of the 79-minute movie. What I saw was pretty engaging and lively, though, especially considering that I knew practically nothing about its subject.