Shimmer and Shine: “Living on Soul”

 

This film is the amazing story of Sharon Jones, an extremely talented singer/songwriter, who like so many of her varied mentors, could turn any song into a veritable masterpiece.  This also  is the story of the musical groups that accompanied her.  Jeff Broadway, with his Valentine Street Productions, produced, directed, and wrote this brilliant documentary, a true paeon to all involved.  If you look at Sharon, she could easily be seen as a ‘real housewife from New Jersey,’ but as soon as she struts as confidently  as a peacock onstage, and starts her chatty, personable, humorous repartee with her audience, one suspects a possible surprise alternative ending.  When she belts out her songs, all bets are off, and you know you’re in the midst of a true vocal genius and legend.  Broadway dissects her life in a wonderful way, showing scenes of her growing up in poor sections of NYC, and his amazing soundtrack/score delineates her long battle against cancer, which tragically beats  her in the end.  This film is one of the gems of the LA film fest, which I regard as one of the best festivals in the So Cal arena. The audience, on numerous occasions, applauded this woman and her courage. The q&a following the film told of the arduous, fastidious process of making this film. Special kudos to Broadway’s tireless crew, editor, in my mind, Oscar worthy.

http://www.lafilmfest.com

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About Bonnie Priever Curtain Up!

I am a theatre reviewer extraordinairre. I attend and cover theatres ranging from large to small venues, and every subject from musical theatre to dramatic presentations. Also please check out my reviews at www.examiner.com and www.tolucantimes.com my email is bonniedeb13@hotmail.com
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