Magnolia Pictures has picked up the US rights to Greg "Freddy" Camalier's recording studio documentary "Muscle Shoals," the company announced today. The announcement comes just hours ahead of the film's debut tonight in Austin at the SXSW Film Festival.
"Muscle Shoals," documents the history of the titular Alabama recording studio established by Rick Hall and his house band the Swampers which became legendary through the various 20th century acts that moved through its doors, including the likes of Aretha Franklin, Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Simon and Garfunkle among others. The film's main focus lies in the studio's melding of black and white musicians during a particularly turbulent period in the deep south and features interviews by Mick jagger, Keith Richards, Gregg Allman, Clarence Carter, Alicia Keys, Bono and many more.
"'Muscle Shoals' is a great accomplishment," said Eamonn Bowles, president of Magnolia Pictures. "It captures the elusive magic of a truly special place that birthed some of the most exciting music ever made. Music fans of all ages are going to find this story revelatory.
Meanwhile, US TV rights were sold to Independent Lens for future broadcasts on PBS, while Films We Like picked up Canadian rights. No release date has been set.