2009 / 82 Mins / USA / France / 1:78.1/ Colour
Directed by: Bill Guttentag & Dan Sturman
SOUNDTRACK FOR A REVOLUTION tells the story of the American civil rights movement through its powerful music -the freedom songs protesters sang on picket lines, in mass meetings, in paddy wagons, and in jail cells as they fought for justice and equality.
￼The film features new performances of the freedom songs by top artists, including John Legend, Joss Stone, Wyclef Jean, and The Roots; riveting archival footage; and interviews with civil rights foot soldiers and leaders, including Congressman John Lewis, Harry Belafonte, Julian Bond, and Ambassador Andrew Young.
The freedom songs evolved from slave chants, from the labor movement, and especially from the black church. The music enabled blacks to sing words they could not say, and it was crucial in helping the protesters as they faced down brutal aggression with dignity and non-violence. The infectious energy of the songs swept people up and empowered them to fight for their rights.
￼SOUNDTRACK FOR A REVOLUTION celebrates the vitality of this music. Directed by Bill Guttentag and Dan Sturman (Nanking), and executive produced by Danny Glover, SOUNDTRACK FOR A REVOLUTION is a vibrant blend of heart-wrenching interviews, dramatic images, and thrilling contemporary performances -- a film of significance, energy, and power.
Premiere screening with Doc Soup, Bloor Cinema: February 17 @ 6:30 & 9:15 pm
The Bloor Cinema, Toronto: Feb 19-23
Bloor Cinema, Toronto: Mar. 19, 21-23
Calgary International Film Festival, DOC SOUP: April 7 @ 7pm
Broadway Theatre, Saskatoon: April 16 - 28
Mayfair, Ottawa: April 23, 28 & 29
Cinecenta, Victoria: April 28-29
Doc Soup Edmonton, Metro Cinema: May 6 (Veteran of the Civil Rights Movement, Ms. Lula Joe Williams in Attendance)
Metro Cinema, Edmonton: May 22 - 24
Pacific Cinematheque, Vancouver: June 11 - 14
Cinema du Parc, Montreal: July 15 @ 9pm
Winnipeg Cinematheque: July 30& 31, Aug 1 & 4
Yukon Film Society, Old Firehall, Whitehorse: Aug 5 @ 9pm
Plaza Cinema, Calgary: Aug 20 - 26 - Sat @ 2:50. Sun @ 4:50. Thurs @ 9:30.
Bloor Cinema, Toronto: Feb 6, 2011
" a marvellously stirring form of history lesson, as well as a potent demonstration of music’s power to inspire"
- Eye Weekly