Abramorama and Social Capital Films have jointly acquired U.S. theatrical rights to SXSW award-winning documentary Take Me To The River, tracking the influence of Memphis and Mississippi Delta blues on the American social and political landscape through the recording of a historic new album. Terrence Howard narrates and Martin Shore directs the film which features musicians William Bell, Snoop Dogg, Mavis Staples, Otis Clay, Lil P-Nut, Charlie Musselwhite, Bobby “Blue” Bland, Yo Gotti, Bobby Rush, Academy Award winner Frayser Boy and The North Mississippi All-Stars. Pic will bow theatrically September 12.
Take Me To The River premiered at SXSW this year where it won the 24 Beats Per Second Audience Award. It joins good company in Abramorama’s lineup of music docs, including Neil Young’s Greendale and Trunk Show, Pearl Jam Twenty, and Anvil: The Story Of Anvil. A companion album featuring music from the film will be released this fall by Stax Records/Concord Music Group. “It’s great to be working with such a dynamic company like Abramorama. I hope it leaves a lasting impression and shows the heart and soul of the great city of Memphis and of American music,” said Shore, who produced alongside Cody Dickinson, Lawrence “Boo” Mitchell, Jerry Harrison, Dan Sameha, and Brett Leonard. John Beug, Snoop Dogg, Ted Chung, and Terrence Howard are exec producers. Abramorama’s Richard Abramowitz negotiated the deal with ICM on behalf of the filmmakers.