How Sweet the Sound — The Blind Boys of Alabama

Leslie McCleave
2015 | 89 minutes
Country of Production: USA
Country Featured: USA
Filmmaker in Attendance
Saturday, October 15 | 3 pm | Program F32

Gospel greats The Blind Boys of Alabama have an amazing career—since meeting at a Talladega institute for the blind in the 1930s and creating a band, they have toured continuously, amassing five Grammy Awards, and universal acclaim. They soared through the golden era of gospel in the 1950s, experienced difficult times when rock ’n’ roll took over, and resurged with the Broadway hit “Gospel at Colonus.” Now as the group enters its seventh decade, they are as artistically vital as ever, collaborating with musicians like Peter Gabriel, Jim James of My Morning Jacket, Ben Harper, and others. Follow their remarkable story over ten years on the road and in the studio.

Co-presented by ReelAbilities: NY Disability Film Festival

Re:Frame, My Perspective

"One of the reasons How Sweet the Sound evolved into a long-term project (10 years) was the idea of following instead of pursuing a story. As both founding and current band members and their intimates recount the group’s remarkably long-lived success, we see a rare, frank view of life on and off the road with these renowned performers, ultimately bringing us to a crossroads for both this multi-layered art and its practitioners."

—Leslie McCleave | Director, How Sweet the Sound — The Blind Boys of Alabama