The Sundance Film Festival is the premier showcase for U.S. and international independent film, held each January in and around Park City, Utah. Presenting dramatic and documentary feature-length films from emerging and established artists, innovative short films, filmmaker forums and panels, live music performances ranging from solo acts to film composer events, cutting-edge media installations, and engaging community and student programs, the Festival brings together the most original storytellers of our time. The festival is set for Jan. 17-27 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah. Two documentaries are premiering that feature music legends.
“Muscle Shoals,” a music documentary by Greg “Freddy” Camalier, will make its world premiere at the prestigious festival. The film traces the history of FAME Studios in Alabama, and explores its pioneering influence on the music world. The film includes interviews with Aretha Franklin, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Gregg Allman, Bono, Alicia Keys and Etta James, according to a publicist.
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From the Internet Movie Database:
Mick Jagger shares his thoughts for the “Muscle Shoals” documentary. (Colleen Hayes)
“Located alongside the Tennessee River, Muscle Shoals, Alabama is the unlikely breeding ground for some of America’s most creative and defiant music. Under the spiritual influence of the ‘Singing River’ as Native Americans called it, the music of Muscle Shoals changed the world and sold millions upon millions of copies. At its heart is Rick Hall who founded FAME Studios. Overcoming crushing poverty and staggering tragedies, he brought black and white together in Alabama’s cauldron of racial hostility to create music for the generations while giving birth to the ‘Muscle Shoals Sound’ and ‘The Swampers’. Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Percy Sledge, Gregg Allman, Clarence Carter, Etta James, Alicia Keys, Bono, and others bear witness to Muscle Shoals’ magnetism, mystery, and why it remains influential today.”
The band partnered with Academy Award-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney (Taxi to the Dark Side, Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room) to shoot the doc, which features interviews with the current members of the band (drummer/singer Don Henley, guitarist/singers Glen Frey and Joe Walsh and bassist/singer Timothy B. Schmit) and also former guitarists Don Felder and Bernie Leadon and ex-bassist Randy Meisner.
The film is being dubbed “part one” because it covers the group’s initial era, from 1970 through their 1980 breakup. Joe Walsh told CBS Local that the second part will tell the story of the band’s reunion, starting with the 1994 Hell Freezes Over tour.
Supported by the non-profit Sundance Institute, the Festival has introduced global audiences to some of the most ground-breaking films of the past two decades, including sex, lies, and videotape, Maria Full of Grace, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, An Inconvenient Truth, Trouble the Water, and Central Station and, through its New Frontier initiative, has brought the cinematic works of media artists including Isaac Julian, Doug Aitken, Pierre Huyghe, Jennifer Steinkamp, and Matthew Barney. Sundance will present 119 feature-length films next year, selected from 12,146 submissions.