MUS­CLE SHOALS

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(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.

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