On the heels of Twenty Feet from Stardom and Muscle Shoals comes an ode to creation, a reverent and exuberant love letter to talent past and present recorded in crisp tones and played with wide smiles. The inter-generational and inter-racial musical influence of Memphis is celebrated ecstatically in the face of pervasive discrimination and segregation by the royalty of blues and their heirs, to an incredible soundtrack. The film brings multiple generations of award-winning Memphis and Mississippi Delta musicians together, 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. Director and record producer Martin Shore allows what comes naturally to the hardworking session musicians and few remaining stars to come—an effusion of great rhythms and great stories, by seventysomething firecracker Mavis Staples or scratchy-voiced scene stealer Charles “Skip” Pitts—the bigger the personality, the more entertaining the tales. In what would be the last creative endeavor of too many an artist, the spirit and soul of the blues, printed on wax by Stax and Hi Records, is evoked once more. And it’s sweet to the ears. Featuring Terrence Howard, William Bell, Snoop Dogg, 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. Executive produced by Jerry Harrison (Talking Heads).
Take Me to the River
Sponsored by Jill Gordon
U.S.A. 2013 – DCP – 95 Minutes
Director, Print Courtesy: Martin Shore
Producers: Jerry Harrison, Cody Dickinson, Lawrence “Boo” Mitchell