In a small Alabama town called Muscle Shoals, legendary musicians including Aretha Franklin and Wilson Pickett gathered to create music that would later inspire the likes of Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and many more. Covering the history of this unlikely musical birthplace and the music that sprang from its soil. Winner of the Netflix Audience Award at Hot Docs 2013!
May 29, 2013
|7:00 PM||SIFF Cinema Uptown Festival||Date has passed|
May 30, 2013
|4:30 PM||SIFF Cinema Egyptian||Date has passed|
From the banks of the Tennessee River -- "The Singing River" as the local Native Americans called it -- emerged some of the most creative and defiant music of a generation. In the 1960s, the tiny town of Muscle Shoals, Alabama became one of the most sought- after recording destinations in the country, attracting artists ranging from Aretha Franklin to Lynyrd Skynyrd, from Paul Simon to the Rolling Stones. At the heart of this musical movement is Rick Hall, the founder of FAME Studios, a place where black and white musicians could meet as musical equals during Alabama's turbulent struggles with race relations. Overcoming his impoverished childhood and a tragedy-filled life, Hall was instrumental in creating both the Muscle Shoals Sound and its legendary rhythm section, The Swampers. Director Greg Camalier provides a bounty of performance stills and archival footage inter- twined with illuminating recollections from the artists themselves. Anecdotes from Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett, the Stones's Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, Etta James, and others redefine a multitude of songs, including "Respect," "Brown Sugar," and "Free Bird." While no single film could be the comprehensive word on the Muscle Shoals Sound, Camalier has created one that stands as a testament to its magnetism, mystery, and continuing influence today.
Greg Camalier is an American producer and film director. Before directing and producing his first documentary Muscle Shoals in 2012, Greg worked as an executive producer on Skills Like This (Monty Miranda, 2009) and as an associate producer on The Ten (David Wain, 2007).
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|Running Time:||102 minutes|
|Producer:||Stephen Badger, Greg Camalier|
|Awards:||Netflix Audience Award - Hot Docs 2013|
|Filmography:||Debut Feature Film|
|US Distributor:||Magnolia Pictures|
|International Sales:||Submarine Entertainment|