Screened as part of NZIFF 2013

Charles Bradley: Soul of America 2012

Directed by Poull Brien

Intimate and rousing musical portrait of the R&B singer who went from James Brown impersonator to acclaimed Daptone recording artist in his own right at age 62. “A Superfunky good time.” — Twitch

USA In English
75 minutes DCP


Producer, Sound

Alexander Brough


Stuart McCardle


Adriana Pacheco
Stuart McCardle
Poull Brien


Charles Bradley and the Menahan Street Band


Charles Bradley
Alex Everett
Jonny Santos
Damani H. Young


SXSW, Amsterdam Documentary 2012

“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