photo courtesy of Magnolia Pictures
The Ponderosa Stomp Foundation, Picture Palace Pictures and the Contemporary Arts Center present a Clandestine Celluloid screening of the acclaimed new documentary Muscle Shoals, with a performance by special guest Spooner Oldham. The film, chronicling the legendary recording studios where hundreds of hits were created will screen Thursday, October 3rd at the Contemporary Arts Center, 900 Camp Street in the warehouse district of New Orleans, as part of the Ponderosa Stomp Festival. Doors open at 6:30, the film begins at 7pm. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $8 for CAC Members and Ponderosa Stomp Music History Conference attendees.
There will be a short introduction by Clandestine Celluloid producer Madeleine Molyneaux and Oldham, a 2009 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, will perform a short solo set following the screening. “Clandestine Celluloid is honored to present the Louisiana premiere of one of the year’s best films, in the presence of one of the film’s most distinctive subjects, Spooner Oldham. The award-winning Muscle Shoals is a deeply felt love letter and road-trip tone poem to the sound and the spirit of collaboration across social, racial and sonic distinctions,” explained Molyneaux.
Watch the trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=auGUm2r0cLs
The story of Muscle Shoals, Alabama is essentially the story of two recording studios (Fame and Muscle Shoals Sound) and the music –and music legends– that left an indelible mark on both a small backwater town and on popular culture and music. The film deftly chronicles the sounds (“Mustang Sally”, “Wild Horses”, “I Never Loved A Man”) as well as the legends who recorded there –from Wilson Pickett to Bob Dylan, Lynryd Skynrd to the Staple Singers, and hidden sonic instigators, many interviewed or appearing in performance, including Rick Hall, The Swampers, Gregg Allman, Mick Jagger, Spooner Oldham, Percy Sledge, Aretha Franklin, Keith Richards, Clarence Carter, Jimmy Cliff, Alicia Keys, and Bono among others. Also featured: Dan Penn, Donna Jean Godchaux, Donnie Fritts, W.C. Handy, Sam Phillips, Earl Montgomery.
Muscle Shoals also provides a powerful endorsement of the way the town, the studio and the sound transcended the realities of Southern racial politics, as relationships were forged with black and white musicians and musical styles, before and after the Civil Rights Era.
Directed by Greg “Freddy” Camalier, Muscle Shoals is his first foray into filmmaking. A former commercial real estate agent from Boulder, CO, Camalier teamed up with his old friend (and the film’s producer) Stephen Badger for a ‘Southern Route” road trip a few years back, stumbling one late night onto Muscle Shoals without realizing just how significant the town had been to forging the sound of music they both loved. Stephen Badger had in the past attended the Ponderosa Stomp and was inspired to hear Rick Hall and others speak about the “sound” and its significance. Camalier in Rolling Stone: “The coming together of races at that time, as well as the landscape and this rural, beautiful town, as well as the singing river, as well as these incredible characters and all the other musicians down there – it all sort of came together.”
Official film website: www.muscleshoalsmovie.com
Distributed by Magnolia Pictures: www.magpictures.com
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