Film First announced today that it has reached North
American distribution deals with both HBO and Films We Like for
"Mavis!" the first feature documentary about civil rights activist
and gospel-soul music legend Mavis Staples.
Directed by Jessica Edwards
("Seltzer Works," "Tugs"), the film marks her first feature documentary and premiered to a standing
ovation at SXSW 2015.
"Mavis!" showcases Staples throughout her life
and career, following her from family group The Staple Singers, to singing
gospel in church, to civil rights songs and more recent collaborations. In
addition, the film will debut little-seen footage of her performances and
conversations with other musical legends including Bob Dylan and Bonnie Raitt.
"We can’t wait to share the inspiration and joy of
Mavis’s music and story with HBO viewers, and with audiences across Canada through
Films We Like," said Edwards in the official press release.
Staples was also notably enthusiastic about the film in the
official press release. "I am so grateful, knowing all these young people
— whole new generations — they want to hear my songs and my family’s story
and what I have to say… I’m really blessed."
"Mavis!" will screen at the Full Frame
Documentary Film Festival, Hot Docs and the Montclair Film Festival later in