Mavis! is the first feature-length documentary on gospel/soul music legend and civil rights icon Mavis Staples and her family group, the Staple Singers. From the delta-inflected gospel sound she helped pioneer in the 1950s, to the “message songs” of the civil rights era marching beside Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., to massive hits such as “I’ll Take You There” in the soul-filled Stax era, and her recent Grammy-winning work with Wilco’s Je Tweedy, Mavis Staples is one of the most influential and enduring vocalists of our time. With dynamic live performances, rarely-seen archival footage and conversations with friends and collaborators like Bob Dylan, Bonnie Raitt, Je Tweedy, Levon Helm, Chuck D, Al Bell, Julian Bond, Sharon Jones and more, Mavis! reveals the struggles and successes of her journey. She occupies a singular place in American music: a soldier of love and peace whose fight continues.
Winner, Audience Award, Mill Valley Film Festival
“A spirited and captivating doc that richly deserves the exclamation point in its title.” – Variety
Photo courtesy of Miikka Skaffari, First Film Co.
Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at BUEI’s Oceans gift shop, or by calling 294-0204.