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ENCOUNTERS

SOUNDTRACK FOR A REVOLUTION

Directed by Dan Sturman and Bill Guttentag
FEATURE DOCUMENTARY 81 Minutes World Premiere
FILM GUIDE SOUNDTRACK FOR A REVOLUTION

A young black man sits politely at the "whites only" counter in a diner as white men berate him, throw food at him, and eventually beat him. But when he hits the floor, another man takes his place at the counter. Watching this ghastly footage, captured during the bitter days of segregation, it seems impossible to imagine anyone willing to endure such senseless brutality. But pair images like this with soul-stirring folk songs like "I'm Gonna Sit at the Welcome Table," "Keep Your Eyes on the Prize," and "We Shall Overcome," and suddenly anything seems possible. Soundtrack for a Revolution tells the story of the American civil rights movement through the music that fortified protestors as they struggled for equality.

Directors Dan Sturman and two-time Oscar® winner Bill Guttentag (codirectors of Nanking, TFF '07) pair provocative vintage footage with emotional interviews with the men and women who endured the threats, the dogs, the night sticks, and the fire hoses, among them Georgia congressman John Lewis, Harry Belafonte, Coretta Scott King, and many more. But ultimately the filmmakers want the music to do the talking, so they've also gathered Wyclef Jean, Joss Stone, John Legend, TV on the Radio, the Roots, the Blind Boys of Alabama, and others to let loose on modern renditions of those timeless songs.

Documentary, Music
About the Director(s)

Bill Guttentag is a two-time Oscar®-winning documentary and feature film writer/producer/director. His films include Live!, a dramatic feature he wrote and directed, starring Eva Mendes and Andre Braugher, and the documentary feature Nanking, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Guttentag also created and executive produced (with Dick Wolf) the nonfiction series Law & Order: Crime & Punishment (NBC, 2002-2004). He recently completed his first novel, Boulevard, which will be published by Pegasus Books/W.W. Norton this winter. He also teaches a course at Stanford University.

Dan Sturman cowrote and codirected Nanking and produced Twin Towers. He has reported and produced for ABC News, CBS News, and the BBC while based in Los Angeles; for Reuters and NBC News while based in London; and for 20/20 in New York. Sturman was the associate producer of the Oscar®-winning documentary A Time for Justice.


Film Info
  • Section:
    Encounters
  • Year:
    2009
  • Length:
    81 minutes
  • Language:
    English
  • Country:
  • Premiere:
    World
  • Connect:
Cast & Credits
  • Producers:
    Joslyn Barnes, Jim Czarnecki, Bill Guttentag, Dylan Nelson, Dan Sturman
  • Music Producer:
    Corey Smith
  • Directors:
    Bill Guttentag, Dan Sturman
  • Primary Cast:
    Anthony Hamilton & the Blind Boys of Alabama, Joss Stone, Wyclef Jean, Richie Havens, The Roots, John Legend
  • Executive Producers:
    Danny Glover, Mark Downie, Marc Henry Johnson, Gina Harrell
  • Co-Producer:
    Beverly Oden
  • Screenwriters:
    Bill Guttentag, Dan Sturman
  • Editor:
    Jeffrey Doe
  • Directors of Photography:
    Buddy Squires, Jon Else, Stephen Kazmierski

Contacts
  • Press Contact
    Teri Kane
    330 East 79th Street Suite 2B New York, NY 10021
    Phone: 917-692-1076
    terikane@nyc.rr.com
  • Submitter
    Jerome Duboz
    William Morris Agency
    151 El Camino Drive Beverly Hills, CA 90212
    Phone: 310 859 4029
    jdasst@wma.com
  • Director's Agent
    Aaron Kaplan
    William Morris Agency
    One William Morris Place Beverly Hills, 90212
    Phone: 310 274 7451
    kap@wma.com
  • Main Contact
    Lindsay Gillette
    Freedom Song Productions
    5225 Wilshire Boulevard, Ste. 610 Los Angeles, CA 90036
    Phone: 323 930 1848
    gillette.lindsay@gmail.com
  • Director
    Dan Sturman
    Freedom Song Productions
    5225 Wilshire Boulevard, Ste. 610 Los Angeles, CA 90036
    Phone: 323 930 1848
    danstur@aol.com
  • Producer
    Dylan Nelson
    5225 Wilshire Boulevard, Ste 610 Los Angeles, CA 90036
    Phone: 323 930 1848
    gillette.lindsay@gmail.com
  • Director's Agent
    Aaron Kaplan
    William Morris Agency
    One William Morris Place Beverly Hills, 90212
    Phone: 310 274 7451
    kap@wma.com
  • Director
    Dan Sturman
    Freedom Song Productions
    5225 Wilshire Boulevard, Ste. 610 Los Angeles, CA 90036
    Phone: 323 930 1848
    danstur@aol.com
  • Press Contact
    Teri Kane
    330 East 79th Street Suite 2B New York, NY 10021
    Phone: 917-692-1076
    terikane@nyc.rr.com
  • Main Contact
    Lindsay Gillette
    Freedom Song Productions
    5225 Wilshire Boulevard, Ste. 610 Los Angeles, CA 90036
    Phone: 323 930 1848
    gillette.lindsay@gmail.com
  • Producer
    Dylan Nelson
    5225 Wilshire Boulevard, Ste 610 Los Angeles, CA 90036
    Phone: 323 930 1848
    gillette.lindsay@gmail.com
  • Submitter
    Jerome Duboz
    William Morris Agency
    151 El Camino Drive Beverly Hills, CA 90212
    Phone: 310 859 4029
    jdasst@wma.com

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