SXSW Winner ‘Take Me to the River’ Gets U.S. Distribution

Abramorama and Social Capital Films have teamed to acquired the U.S. theatrical rights to Martin Shore’s music documentary “Take Me to the River” for a Sept. 12 release.

The film celebrates the inter-generational and inter-racial musical influence of Memphis in the face of discrimination. It premiered at the 2014 South by Southwest Film Festival (SXSW) where it won the 24 Beats Per Second Audience Award.

Geoff Berkshire said in his Variety review that the film “compensates for a lack of originality and depth with no shortage of joyful celebration.”

Narrated by Terrence Howard, the film features William Bell, Snoop Dogg, Mavis Staples, Otis Clay, Lil P-Nut, Charlie Musselwhite, Bobby “Blue” Bland, Yo Gotti, Bobby Rush, Frayser Boy and The North Mississippi All-Stars. Stax Records/Concord Music Group will release an album that includes tracks heard in the film, along with additional music from the film’s artists.

Shore and Cody Dickinson produced the film with Lawrence “Boo” Mitchell, Jerry Harrison, Dan Sameha, and Brett Leonard. The film was executive produced by John Beug, Snoop Dogg, Ted Chung and Terrence Howard.

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