Posted: Apr 2, 2008 1:31 pm |
Edited by: No Big Thing
Movin' On Up: The Music and Message of Curtis Mayfield and the Impressions, 1965-1973
Friday, April 4, 7pm and Saturday, April 5, 7pm
Chicago Cultural Center, Cassidy Theater
78 E. Washington Street
There will be no Q&A for Saturday, April 5 screening.
For the first time, rarely seen footage has been compiled to tell the incredible story of one of the greatest artists and most important R&B groups of all time. This two-hour film features twenty-two complete vintage television performances from the Impressions and Curtis Mayfield’s solo career filmed between 1965 and 1973.
In addition to telling the history of Curtis Mayfield as an artist and the Impressions as a group, the film explores how the Impressions’ music was a virtual soundtrack for the civil rights’ era in the sixties. Ambassador Andrew Young speaks about the effect songs such as “People Get Ready,” Choice of Colors” and “We’re a Winner” had on the movement.
“Movin’ On Up: The Music and Message of Curtis Mayfield and the Impressions, 1965-1973” features several candid interviews with Curtis, Impressions members Fred Cash and Sam Gooden, Curtis’ widow Altheida, the great arranger Johnny Pate, Chuck D. and Carlos Santana. Incredible stories about the history of the group, their classic songs and Curtis as a songwriter and his influences are told. Archival interviews throughout the career of Mayfield are featured throughout this documentary.
A Q&A with the film director David Peck and surviving Impressions members Fred Cash and Sam Gooden will immediately follow the screening. Film consultant Aaron Cohen will moderate this panel to discuss Curtis Mayfield and the making of the documentary.
Reelin' InThe Years Productions LLC is the world’s largest music footage library in the world, housing over 10,000 hours of performances from all genres of music covering the last fifty years. They have produced over 30 DVD releases including the four-volume The American Folk Blues Festival 1962-1969 DVD series.