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Godfather of soul feels good about doc

Pic to focus on career, influence

The godfather of soul James Brown and his wife Tomi Rae Brown are financing the biographical docu “Life on the Road With Mr. and Mrs. Brown,” directed and produced by Sheila Lussier and Camille Solari.

Interspersed with archival materials, the film, which is midway through shooting, focuses on Brown’s career and his influence on other musicians.

Docu includes footage of the musician’s recent concert tour, interviews with him and Tomi Rae — the lead vocalist in her husband’s band — their families, their band and members of other bands, including Motorhead and the Scorpians.

Film also will look at Tomi Rae Brown’s own rock ‘n’ roll career, which began at age 15, and her former band, Hardly Dangerous.

Tomi Rae Brown is exec producing.

Producers said the film, which is costing between $700,000 and $1 million, would touch on Brown’s 2004 arrest for domestic violence after his wife called 911.

“Mr. and Mrs. Brown” marks the directorial debut of Lussier and Solari, who is producing through her L.A.-based production company La Vie En Rose. Docu does not yet have a distributor.

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