The critically acclaimed “Muscle Shoals” documentary that captivated audiences at the Sundance Film Festival will premiere to its home audience as part of The George Lindsey UNA Film Festival. The feature-length film, which was directed by Greg “Freddy” Camalier, traces the history of Muscle Shoals music through the people who created it.
The first local screening, which is scheduled for February 27, will mark the official opening of the festival. The star-studded VIP event will feature the documentary as well as live musical performances by some of the biggest names in Muscle Shoals music history. Grammy award winner John Paul White of the Civil Wars is coordinating the entertainment. Tickets for the screening and musical performances will be $100
and table sponsorships are available. Proceeds from the VIP concert will go to the Alabama Music Hall of Fame and to support local exhibits that pertain to Muscle Shoals music. The event will be held at the Marriott Shoals Conference Center in Florence, Alabama.
Another screening of the film is scheduled for Friday, March 1, at Norton Auditorium. Cynthia Burkhead, co-director of the George Lindsey UNA Film Festival, said her team is “very excited” about the opportunity to partner with the local music community for the screenings. “We are honored that our festival was selected as one of the venues for this amazing documentary,” said Burkhead. A Q&A session with local music legends will follow the UNA screening.
“After observing the reactions to the documentary at the Sundance festival and reading the rave reviews from music critics all over the world, it became clear that we needed to share this film with the local community at the first available opportunity,” said Rodney Hall, who worked closely with the filmmakers during the four-year production process. “The George Lindsey Film Festival is the perfect fit for a documentary that celebrates our area’s rich musical heritage.”
Tickets for the February 27 event may be purchased online at http://muscleshoals.eventbee.com/ Sponsorship details can be obtained by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets for the UNA screening are $20. For information about the March 1 screening call 256-765-4592 or email email@example.com.
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