Filmfest DC - How They Got Over

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Filmfest DC - How They Got Over

Monday, April 23 At Landmark's E Street Cinema

How They Got Over

Robert Clem

USA, 2017, 87 minutes


Legendary musicians like James Brown got their ideas from the impressive, dramatic performances of African American gospel quartets that played in churches, on local radio stations, and later at concert halls starting in the 1930s. The music documentary How They Got Over about the evolution of these quartets illustrates how this often originally religious, harmonious singing developed into more secular songs with instruments, multiple vocalists, passion, and sold-out shows. The men and women who sang gospel were musical precursors to genres such as dodo-woop, rhythm and blues, soul, Motown, and rock ‘n’ roll. A number of octogenarians singers regal us with tales of their road trips across the South, when they played for peanuts to make their names. Their stories are augmented by seldom-seen archival footage of concerts by the Dixie Hummingbirds, the Blind Boys of Alabama, Sister Rosetta Tharp, and many others.—International Film Festival Rotterdam

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Filmfest DC - How They Got Over
Monday, April 23, 2018
6:00 PM
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Landmark's E Street Cinema  
555 11th St NW
Washington, DC 20004