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Jazz Film Fest: Say Amen, Somebody (New 4K Restoration)

Wed & Thu, Oct 28 & 29 / 6:30 pm
Fri, Oct 30 / 9:15 pm
Sat, Oct 31 / 1 pm
Directed by George Nierenberg
1982, USA, 100 min

Zoom Conversation with director George Nierenberg following Wednesday, October 28, 6:30 pm screening.

One of the most acclaimed music documentaries of all time, Say Amen, Somebody is George Nierenberg’s masterpiece — a joyous, funny, deeply emotional celebration of African American culture, featuring  the father of Gospel, Thomas A. Dorsey (“Precious Lord, Take My Hand”); its matron, Mother Willie Mae Ford Smith; and earth-shaking performances by the Barrett Sisters and the O’Neal Twins. But it hasn’t been seen in theatres in nearly 30 years. Now George T. Nierenberg’s film has been digitally restored in a new 4K Restoration and re-released to theatres. Upon its release in 1982; the late Roger Ebert called it “One of the most joyful movies I’ve ever seen.”  When it was first released in the early 1980s, the film received an overwhelming critical response.

Background: George T. Nierenberg is a director and producer, known for That Rhythm, Those Blues (1988), Neon Lights (1992) and Gotta Dance! (1995) and was an associate producer on Chuck Berry Hail! Hail!Rock ‘n’ Roll (1987)

Presented in collaboration with the TD Winnipeg International Jazz Festival.

Reviews

The film’s mood is never less than marvellously infectious.
— Richard Schickel, Time
The music conquers doubt and unhappiness, and when it ends, you feel healed.
— David Denby, New York Magazine
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