3rd San Joaquin International Film Festival
Film

Soundtrack
for a Revolution

Documentary Feature-Length Film
82 min | USA | 2009
Director: Bill Guttentag, Dan Sturman
Language: English

Focus Black History
Valley Premiere

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Featuring new performances of the freedom songs by top artists, including John Legend, Joss Stone, Wyclef Jean, and The Roots

SOUNDTRACK FOR A REVOLUTION tells the story of the American civil rights movement through its powerful music -the freedom songs protesters sang on picket lines, in mass meetings, in paddy wagons, and in jail cells as they fought for justice and equality.The film features new performances of the freedom songs by top artists, including John Legend, Joss Stone, Wyclef Jean, and The Roots, along with Blind Boys of Alabama, Anthony Hamilton, Richie Havens, TV on the Radio, Angie Stone, Mary Mary, The Carlton Reese Memorial Unity Choir; riveting archival footage; and interviews with civil rights foot soldiers and leaders, including Congressman John Lewis, Harry Belafonte, Julian Bond, and Ambassador Andrew Young.

The freedom songs evolved from slave chants, from the labor movement, and especially from the black church. The music enabled blacks to sing words they could not say, and it was crucial in helping the protesters as they faced down brutal aggression with dignity and non-violence. The infectious energy of the songs swept people up and empowered them to fight for their rights.SOUNDTRACK FOR A REVOLUTION celebrates the vitality of this music.

SOUNDTRACK FOR A REVOLUTION is a vibrant blend of heart-wrenching interviews, dramatic images, and thrilling contemporary performances -- a film of significance, energy, and power.

This special Focus Black History presentation is co-sponsored by the Cultural Awareness Programs at San Joaquin Delta College.

FESTIVALS AND AWARDS

SOUNDTRACK FOR A REVOLUTION helds its World Premiere at the 2009 Tribeca International Film Festival. It went on to screen at some of the world's leading festivals from Summer of 2009 until now, include the prestigious Cannes International Film Festival (France), Vancouver International Film Festival in Canada (where it won the Audience Award), the Reykjavik International Film Festival in Iceland, the Chicago International Film Festival (where it won the Gold Plaque for Direction), the Mumbai International Film Festival in India and recently, the Palm Springs International Film Festival. The film was also shortlisted for the 2010 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature film.

ABOUT DIRECTOR BILL GUTTENTAG

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 (Mosaic Media Group/The Weinstein Company), and NANKING, a documentary feature which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and was released last winter by THINKFilm. NANKING won awards at a number of US and international film festivals, was nominated for a Writers Guild award, and short-listed for an Oscar®.In In 2003 Bill Guttentag won an Oscar for the documentary TWIN TOWERS (Universal). He has also has received a second Oscar, three additional Oscar nominations, a Peabody Award, three Emmy Awards, two additional Emmy nominations, and a Robert Kennedy Journalism Award.Bill Guttentag created and executive produced (with Dick Wolf) the NBC series CRIME AND PUNISHMENT, which ran for three seasons (2002-2004). He has made films for HBO, ABC, CBS, TNT and others, including YOU DON'T HAVE TO DIE ( HBO), for which he also won an Oscar.He recently completed his first novel, BOULEVARD, which will be published by Pegasus Books/W.W. Norton in February 2010. Since 2001, he has been teaching a course at Stanford University.

ABOUT DIRECTOR DAN STURMAN

Together with Bill Guttentag, Dan Sturman wrote and directed the Sundance award-winning documentary film NANKING, and produced the Academy Award®- winning documentary TWIN TOWERS. Between 2001 and 2003, Sturman produced three seasons of the NBC documentary series CRIME & PUNISHMENT. 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 ABC News 20/20 in New York.In 1992, Sturman was the associate producer of another Academy Award®-winning documentary, A TIME FOR JUSTICE. The film, produced by Charles Guggenheim, commemorates the lives of the men, women, and children who were killed during the American Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 60s.Sturman is currently in production on a feature length documentary about child actors.

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SHOWTIMES

SUN. 02/21 at 5:00PM
Stockton Empire Theatre

CAST AND CREW

Director: Bill Guttentag, Dan Sturman
Screenwriter:Bill Guttentag, Dan Sturman
Producer:
Danny Glover, Joslyn Barnes, Jim Czamecki, Bill Guttentag, Dylan Nelson, Dan Sturman
Cinematographer: Buddy Squires, John Else, Stephen Kazmierski
Editor: Jeffrey Doe
Music: Philip Marshall, Corey Smyth
Principal Cast: John Legend, Joss Stone, The Roots, Wyclef Jean, Harry Belafonte, Congressman John Lewis

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