Posted on September 1, 2014


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(MEMPHIS, TN) – The film that’s been stirring audiences at festivals across the country all year long is finally coming home: Martin Shore’s Take Me to the River premieres at the Malco Paradiso in Memphis on Sept. 12.

The film celebrates the magical mixture of races, generations, and genres that gave birth to Memphis music and thus to American popular music as we know it. Take Me to the River is about the sparks that fly in live recording sessions between legendary performers and a new generation of artists: William Bell with Snoop Dogg; Mavis Staples with the North Mississippi All-Stars; Bobby “Blue” Bland with Yo Gotti; Bobby Rush with Frayser Boy; Otis Clay with Lil’ P-Nut; Booker T. Jones with Al Kapone; Terrence Howard with Hi Rhythm Section; Charlie Musselwhite with the City Champs; and Howlin’ Wolf guitarist Hubert Sumlin with Eric Gales and Ian Siegal. All of the recording sessions are done just as they were decades ago, with as many as 14 musicians and singers performing at the same time.

While the film tells stories of the days of Stax Records and Royal Studios, it’s not a film that looks back — it is designed to make you feel the wonder and excitement of being on the scene when that music was being created for the first time.

Winner of the 24 Beats Per Second Audience Award at the 2014 SXSW Film Festival, Take Me to the River opens in Memphis and 10 additional cities on Sept. 12, followed by a second wave of theaters and cities on Sept. 19. The opening night Memphis screening will be followed by a party and concert event featuring as yet unannounced performances of some of the film’s duets.

WHAT: Take Me to the River Memphis premiere
WHEN: Friday, Sept. 12 (film showtime TBD)
WHERE: Malco’s Paradiso Cinema, 584 S. Mendenhall Rd.

“Take Me to the River” is a feature documentary celebrating the inter-generational and inter-racial musical influence of Memphis in the face of pervasive discrimination and segregation. The film brings multiple generations of award-winning Memphis and Mississippi Delta musicians together, following them through the creative process of recording a historic new album, to re-imagine the utopia of racial, gender and generational collaboration of Memphis in its heyday. Featuring Terrence Howard, William Bell, Snoop Dogg, Mavis Staples, Otis Clay, Lil P-Nut, Charlie Musselwhite, Bobby “Blue” Bland, Yo Gotti, Bobby Rush, Frayser Boy, The North Mississippi All-Stars and many more. This film is produced by: Martin Shore, Jerry Harrison, Cody Dickinson, Lawrence “Boo” Mitchell, and Dan Sameha. For more, visit

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