Village East Cinema: Q&A with filmmaker Jessica Edwards Friday 2/19 & Saturday 2/20 following the 7:10PM show
MAVIS! is the first feature documentary on gospel/soul music legend and civil rights icon Mavis Staples and her family group, The Staple Singers. From the freedom songs of the ’60s and hits like I’ll Take You There in the ’70s, to funked-up collaborations with Prince and her recent albums with Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy, Mavis has stayed true to her roots, kept her family close, and inspired millions along the way. Featuring powerful live performances, rare archival footage, and conversations with friends and contemporaries including Bob Dylan, Bonnie Raitt, Levon Helm, Chuck D, and more, MAVIS! reveals the intimate stories of her journey.