Take Me to the River

Let’s all wash in the waters of this documentary from first-time helmer Martin Shore (producer of 2001 Maniacs: Field of Screams and Tell Tale) about the recording of a new Soul album featuring greats from Stax Records in Memphis, Tenn., who mentor a collection of artists and contemporary stars during the recording process. Not only is Take Me to the River a one-of-a-kind musical tribute, but it also captures a historic lesson about how the legendary studio served as a utopian haven (at the time) of racial, gender and generational ideals. Sampling the talents of William Bell, Mavis Staples, Charlie Musselwhite, Bobby “Blue” Bland, Snoop Dogg and Lil P-Nut, the film offers a contemporary parallel to the earlier days of Stax/Volt. (Opens Friday at Esquire Theatre) (PG) Not screened in time for review

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