Fusicology Films and Hot Docs International Documentary Film Festival are pleased to present the International Premiere of...
Charles Bradley: Soul of America
Director: Poull Brien
Hot off the heels of a stellar World Premiere at SXSW 2012, this very moving, highly buzzed about film is poised to become one of the faves of this year's Hot Docs Festival.
For decades he’s been Black Velvet, an impersonator channeling James Brown with uncanny similitude, scraping by in Brooklyn’s projects with small club gigs in the evenings and odd jobs by day. But 62-year-old Charles Bradley has an impossible dream: he wants to make it in the music industry as…himself. As if that weren’t challenge enough, he’s also supporting the mother who abandoned him as a child, struggling to pay his own bills, and, in his spare time, learning to read.
When Bradley’s noticed by the soul maestros at Daptone Records, it seems as though he just might have a chance. With lyrics that draw directly from the anguish and hardship of his life, his electrifying performances transform pain and sorrow into an experience of sublime transcendence. When he says to the audience, “I love you, each and every one of you,” he truly means it. It’s a visceral rush to your soul.
**Screenings will be preceded by the short documentary "I Beat Mike Tyson" and followed by Q&A with the director Poull Brien
Mon, Apr 30 9:45 PM
The Royal Cinema Buy Tickets
Tue, May 1 4:15 PM
Cumberland 3 Buy Tickets
Sat, May 5 6:30 PM
Cumberland 2 Buy Tickets