Mavis!

Mavis! is the first documentary on gospel/soul music legend and civil rights icon Mavis Staples and her family group, The Staple Singers. From freedom songs in the ‘60s and hits like “I’ll Take You There” in the ‘70s, to funked-up collaborations with Prince in the ‘80s and her recent albums with Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy, Mavis has managed to transform herself as she goes, yet never alter. After 60 years performing, she’s making the most vital music of her career, and her message of love and equality is needed now more than ever. [Synopsis courtesy of SXSW Film Festival]

Take Me to the River (2014)

“Take Me to the River” is a feature film celebrating the inter-generational and inter-racial musical influence of Memphis in the face of pervasive discrimination and segregation. The film brings multiple generations of award-winning Memphis and Mississippi Delta musicians together, following them through the creative process of recording a historic new album, to re-imagine the utopia of racial, gender and generational collaboration of Memphis in its heyday. Featuring Terrence Howard, William Bell, Snoop Dog, Mavis Staples, Otis Clay, Lil P-Nut, Charlie Musselwhite, Bobby “Blue” Bland, Yo Gotti, Bobby Rush, Frayser Boy, The North Mississippi All-Stars and many more. [Synopsis courtesy of SXSW]

The Last Waltz

Martin Scorsese’s rockumentary intertwines footage from “The Band’s” incredible farewell tour with probing backstage interviews and featured performances by Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Ringo Starr and other rock legends.