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Muscle Shoals

An Official Selection of the 2013 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, director Greg “Freddy” Camalier makes his documentary debut with this fascinating look at a legendary site in musical history: FAME Studios.

Tucked along the Tennessee River, the town of Muscle Shoals, Alabama, barely registers on a map. But thanks to one visionary record producer and a group of unknown session musicians, this tiny backwater served as a recording capital for rock, pop and rhythm and blues artists throughout the 1960s and seventies. At the heart of this fascinating history lesson is Rick Hall, a dark horse who overcomes a troubled past to found FAME Studios. Together with a band of buddies know as The Swampers, he developed the deep, soulful “Muscle Shoals Sound” that forged the artistry of legends as varied as Aretha Franklin and Wilson Pickett, and Mick Jagger and Duane Allman.

More inspiring still, Hall and The Swampers created a space where black and white artists worked seamlessly together, just down the road from Alabama’s burning racial crisis.

Featuring engrossing archival footage and in-depth interviews with countless icons, Camalier’s Muscle Shoals serves up one of America’s greatest untold music stories.


"Greg Camalier's debut feature offers a worthy if sometimes ponderous take on a significant slice of U.S. popular music history." - Dennis Harvey, Variety

"Director Greg "Freddy" Camalier skillfully, unhurriedly unfurls a wealth of classic music-biz tales as told by a who's who of R&B, soul and rock 'n' roll royalty and various other players and purveyors." - Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times

Director: Greg ‘Freddy’ Camalier
Year: 2013
Runtime: 111 minutes
Country: USA
Language: English
Distributor: Filmswelike

Ratings: ON NR / BC NR / AB NR / SK NR / MB NR / QC NR / Maritmes NR


Date Circuit Centre Location
April 27, 2014 The O'Brien Circuit Series
O'Brien Theatre
Arnprior, ON
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