Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 20, 2021

Take Me to the River

Year: 2014
Country: United States
Run Time: 100 minutes

Take Me to the River
Take Me to the River

In TAKE ME TO THE RIVER, actor and musician Terrence Howard guides us through a tour of American soul music. At the heart of the film is Memphis, Tennessee and the amazing recordings from the legendary Stax Records in the 1960s. Beyond the tunes, this documentary also reveals the important role Stax Records played in the civil rights movement. The label and studio may be known for its African-American stars. However, it also featured a racially diverse stable of artists and crew – something unheard of at the time. The film doesn’t just focus on the past, though. In addition to highlighting the soul movement, it goes behind the scenes at a series of recording sessions that pair legends of soul with some of today’s popular and rising stars. The list includes William Bell, Mavis Staples, Snoop Dogg, and Yo Gotti, to name a few. These collaborations provide further proof of the impact Stax Records and soul music has had on our country’s rich musical history. This incredibly illuminating documentary is a must-see for any music fan or historian. – E.F.

CIFF39 Screenings

Tower City Cinemas

Sunday, March 22, 2015 at 7:00 PM -
Sunday, March 22, 2015 at 8:40 PM

Monday, March 23, 2015 at 8:00 PM -
Monday, March 23, 2015 at 9:40 PM

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at 11:50 AM -
Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at 1:30 PM

Sunday, March 29, 2015 at 9:00 AM -
Sunday, March 29, 2015 at 10:40 AM

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Award winning filmmaker Martin Shore began his entertainment career as a professional musician, touring with the likes of Bo Diddley, Clarence Clemons, and many others. As a Grammy nominated music and film producer, Mr. Shore has produced major motion pictures and music for television series and feature films. "Take Me to the River" is his directorial debut and has won awards for best film at SXSW, Raindance London, and others.


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