America's Music Film Series: Blues & Gospel on Sept 10th


The Blues and Gospel Music

Tuesday, September 10
4 – 6 p.m.
Bush Auditorium, Bush Science Center


Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues: Episode 1, Feel Like Going Home
Martin Scorsese (2003)

Director Martin Scorsese (The Last Waltz, Raging Bull, Gangs of New York) pays homage to the Delta blues. Musician Corey Harris travels through Mississippi and on to West Africa, exploring the roots of the music. The film celebrates the early Delta bluesmen through original performances (including Willie King, Taj Mahal, Otha Turner, and Ali Farka Toure) and rare archival footage (featuring Son House, Muddy Waters, and John Lee Hooker).

Accolades for the film include:
Grammy Award Winner – Best Historical Album
Emmy Award Nomination – Outstanding Non-Fiction Series
Emmy Award Winner – Outstanding Cinematography for Non-Fiction Program

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Say Amen, Somebody
Produced and Directed by George T. Nierenberg (1983)

This 1982 documentary breaks down the roots of gospel music and examines the lives and careers of a handful of since-departed gospel stars who helped create the genre from which so many other forms of music flowed.

Accolades for the film include:
Screenings at Telluride, New York, Toronto, London, Cannes Film Festivals
Boston Society of Film Critics – Best Documentary of the Year
One of 10 Best Films of the Year: People Magazine, Rolling Stone, Miami-Herald, At the Movies, Chicago Sun Times

This event is free and open to the public.

To learn more about the America's Music film series, visit the website, here.