(Greg ‘ Freddy’ Camalier, USA). 111 minutes. Rating: NNNN Like the music that came out of Muscle Shoals, Alabama, this doc’s got plenty soul.
The backwater town has seen everyone from Aretha Franklin to the Rolling Stones come through to produce hits. They’re among the many who speak affectionately here about their time with Rick Hall of FAME Studios, arguably the backbone of the Muscle Shoals music industry, and his “peckerwood” instrumentalists.
The interviews are a lot of fun, but not all the memories are peachy. With collaboration came friction that the film also captures. Nor does it ignore the personal traumas that Hall endured before he built his legacy. Director Greg “Freddy” Camalier weaves it all together as if he were making music, composing a film with storytelling rhythms that strikes emotional chords.
Soul aficionados will savour every beat. Apr 30, 9:15 pm, The Bloor Hot Docs Cinema; May 3, 6:15 pm, The Bloor Hot Docs Cinema; May 4, 9 pm, Isabel Bader Theatre.