EXCLUSIVE: Contrary to what the title might suggest, the documentary Satan & Adam isn’t about a man’s relationship with the devil — but it is a film about a man named Adam and his relationship with a man whose nickname is Satan. Directed by V. Scott Balcerek, Satan & Adam tells the story of the titular musical duo that included harmonica player Adam Gussow and Sterling “Mr. Satan” Magee.
The documentary was filmed over 23 years and as seen in the trailer above Gussow and Magee were a very unlikely pair. In 1986, Gussow, a Jewish Ivy League grad, asked if he could jam on the streets of Harlem with blues man Magee. Music magic happened and an unforgettable collaboration was born, going against the grain of racial tension in New York City.
While jamming out on the streets, Satan & Adam caught the attention of members of the internationally renowned band U2 which led to a debut record. But soon after their big break, their rise to fame was cut short when Mr. Satan mysteriously disappeared.
The film is produced by Frank Marshall and Ryan Suffern for Frank’s production company Kennedy Marshall as part of their new documentary division and is co-produced by RYOT Films. Satan & Adam makes its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival.