Edmonton Film Festival 2013Directed by Greg ‘Freddy’ Camalier’, Muscle Shoals, a 112-minute documentary is a rockin’ way to kick off EIFF! Located alongside the Tennessee River, Muscle Shoals, Alabama is the unlikely breeding ground for some of America’s most creative and defiant music. The music of Muscle Shoals changed the world. At the heart of the film is Rick Hall who founded FAME Studios.

Overcoming crushing poverty and staggering tragedies, he brought black and white together in Alabama’s cauldron of racial hostility to create music for the generations while giving birth to the ‘Muscle Shoals Sound’ and ‘The Swampers’. Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Percy Sledge, Gregg Allman, Clarence Carter, Etta James, Alicia Keys, Bono, and others bear witness to Muscle Shoals’ magnetism, mystery, and why it remains influential today.

This Special Event film kicks off the festival with an after-party featuring the Lent Brothers Band in the Ballroom at the Delta Hotel.

THURSDAY, September 26, 7pm.  

Empire City Centre 9

Tickets: $20 in advance & $25 at the door (available day-of only @ 6pm, subject to availability)

After-party featuring THE LENT BROTHERS BAND @ 9pm

SPECIAL EVENT!  On FRIDAY, October 4 @ 7pm, EIFF and SuperChannel present the Canadian premiere of director Jesse James Miller’s (writer/director of last year’s Opening Night Gala film, Becoming Redwood) new documentary The Good Son.

The life of World Lightweight Boxing Champion, Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini is beautifully illuminated, featuring interviews with Mickey Rourke, Sugar Ray Leonard, Ed O’Neill and Mr. Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini himself.  Director Jesse James Miller and Ray Mancini will be in attendance.

The book which this documentary is based on, The Good Son: The Ray Mancini Story (writer: Mark Kriegel), will be available for purchase at Empire Theatres before the film screening (6pm) and Mr. Mancini will be on-hand to sign your copy.  Co-presented by LitFest and Audrey’s Books.

The Edmonton International Film Festival runs from September 26 to October 5, 2013.

Download the Festival Guide.

See more at: www.edmontonfilmfest.com