Charles Bradley: Soul of America

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“Only the soulless will fail to respond to footage of this passionate, powerful singer doing his thing onstage.” — John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter

Director: Poull Brien
Year: 2012
Country: USA
Running time: 75 mins

Producer: Alexander Brough
Photography: Stuart McCardle
Editors: Adriana Pacheco, Stuart McCardle, Poull Brien
Sound: Alexander Brough
Music: Charles Bradley and the Menahan Street Band

With: Charles Bradley, Alex Everett, Jonny Santos, Damani H. Young

“If you’re looking for a moving documentary that will also have you tapping your toes, Charles Bradley: Soul of America might just fit the bill. The R&B singer was the talk of much of the music world in 2011, with the 62-year-old singer seemingly coming out of nowhere to drop his debut (!) album No Time for Dreaming, to widespread critical acclaim, with the disc landing on many year-end top ten lists. But the journey of how he got there, and how he was making first steps as a musician when many acts are retiring, is all covered in the documentary by Poull Brien. We won’t recount the details here – best to save it for the movie – but Bradley’s life was one of hard times and tragedy, and yet redemption was found through the healing power of soul music.” — Kevin Jagernauth, Indiewire. “It’s a blast to see Charles get up and do his thang in front of an appreciative audience. Both a celebration and contextualization of his increasing prominence, Charles Bradley: Soul of America makes for a Superfunky good time.” — Jason Gorber, Twitch

Festivals: SXSW, Amsterdam Documentary 2012