commune Cinema returns to House of Vans this October with a free screening of Charles Bradley: Soul of America in memory of the recently passed American soul singer and songwriter.
The screening will be hosted in our 100-seat cinema space; the event is free with booking required. A very limited number of walk in tickets will be available on the day, on a first come, first served basis.
Charles Bradley: Soul of America charts the extraordinary late-in-life rise of 62-year-old soul singer Charles Bradley, whose debut album rocketed him from a hard life in the projects of Rolling Stone magazine's top 50 albums of 2011. Abandoned by his parents as a youth, Bradley endured hardship and poverty while growing up on the streets and performing James Brown covers. For 48 years his dreams of stardom remained just out of reach, yet through it all Bradley never gave up hope that one day he would find success. That day ultimately came when he decided to ditch the James Brown act, and finds his own voice.
As Bradley turns 62, Brien turns his camera on the unlikely star whose powerful voice has stirred the souls of music lovers and cynical critics alike.
Over the course of those following months, Brien's lens captures all the joy of Bradley's late-life success, and offers inspirational testament to the power of dreams.
The 74-minute documentary feature premiered at SXSW in Austin and went on to play top film festivals around the world. The film won Special Jury Award at Chicago International Music and Movies Festival.
COMM•UNE CINEMA | CHARLES BRADLEY: SOUL OF AMERICA
2012 | 1 hr 15 min
Free | Booking Required
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