Black Entertainment : "Soundtrack for a Revolution"

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    January 22, 2010
    Documentary of the Civil Rights Movement, Arranged and Composed for Gen Y

    Published: January 22, 2010

    The documentary “Soundtrack for a Revolution” is essentially a condensed, lightly airbrushed, skillfully assembled history of the civil rights movement, with musical interludes. It’s civil rights’ greatest hits: Montgomery, Selma, Birmingham; “Eyes on the Prize,” “We Shall Not be Moved,” “We Shall Overcome.” It’s the kind of film that will have audiences clapping and singing along. And why not? The images and stories may be familiar, but it’s history worth retelling.

    In their previous film, “Nanking,” the directors Bill Guttentag and Dan Sturman had actors, in costume and makeup, “play” historical figures by reading from their letters and diaries. In “Soundtrack” they tweak the traditional archives-and-talking-heads format by pausing for music-video-style performances of spirituals and protest songs by contemporary artists including Joss Stone, Wyclef Jean and the Roots.

    The premise is that the role of music in the movement will be illuminated. That doesn’t happen in any significant way, but no matter; you wouldn’t want more time taken away from the vivid testimony of activists like the Rev. Samuel Billy Kyles, the freedom rider Hank Thomas and the Selma marcher Lynda Lowery. The directors have said that by using current recording artists they hope to reach a school- and college-age audience whose knowledge of the movement is limited to “I have a dream.”

    The Roots and John Legend may not skew that young, and in any case the best musical moments belong to the oldest performers: the Blind Boys of Alabama, backing Anthony Hamilton on “This May Be the Last Time,” and the folk lion Richie Havens (who turned 69 on Thursday) singing “Will the Circle be Unbroken.”

    SOUNDTRACK FOR A REVOLUTION


    Written and directed by Bill Guttentag and Dan Sturman; directors of photography, Buddy Squires, Jon Else and Stephen Kazmierski; edited by Jeffrey Doe; music by Philip Marshall; produced by Joslyn Barnes, Jim Czarnecki, Mr. Guttentag, Dylan Nelson and Mr. Sturman. At the BAMcinématek, BAM Rose Cinemas, 30 Lafayette Avenue, at Ashland Place, Fort Greene, Brooklyn. Running time: 1 hour 22 minutes. This film is not rated.

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