Join us for Closing Night of the 9th Annual ReelAbilities: NY Disabilities Film Festival, featuring a screening of How Sweet the Sound: The Blind Boys of Alabama. Followed by Q&A with filmmakers and The Blind Boys of Alabama quartet, as well as closing night dessert reception.
HOW SWEET THE SOUND: THE BLIND BOYS OF ALABAMA
Dir. Leslie McCleave
89 min, USA, Documentary
Legendary gospel quartet The Blind Boys of Alabama has an amazing career—since meeting at a state-run, segregated vocational institute for the blind in the 1930s, they have toured continuously, amassing five Grammy Awards and universal acclaim. They soared through the golden era of gospel in the 1950s, experienced difficult times when rock ’n’ roll took over, and resurged with the Broadway hit Gospel at Colonus. Now, as the group enters its seventh decade, they are as artistically vital as ever, collaborating with musicians like Peter Gabriel, Ben Harper, and others. As the surviving band members recount their unlikely success story, we see a rare, remarkable view of life on the road and in the studio with a group of renowned performers.