Say Amen, Somebody
The new 4K restoration of Say Amen, Somebody opens September 6–26 at NYC's Lincoln Center and around the world in the fall of 2019.
- Film at Lincoln Center // New York, NY // Sept. 6 – 26, 2019
- Amherst Cinema Arts Center // Amherst, MA // Sept. 11, 2019
- Northwest Film Center // Portland, OR // Sept. 13 – 15, 2019
- Northwest Film Forum // Seattle, WA // Sept. 13 – 19, 2019
- Vancity Theatre // Vancouver, BC // Sept. 13 – 19, 2019
- Galleria 6 Cinemas // St. Louis, MO // Sept. 13 – 19, 2019
- Danish Film Institute // Copenhagen, DENMARK // Sept. 13 – 22, 2019
- Music Box Theater // Chicago, IL // Sept. 14 – 15, 2019
- University of Wisconsin Cinematheque // Madison, WI // Sept. 14, 2019
- Ragtag Cinema // Columbia, MO // Sept. 14 – 19, 2019
- Grand Cinema // Tacoma, WA // Sept. 18, 2019*
- Laemmle Music Hall Theater // Beverly Hills, CA // Sept. 20-26, 2019
- Studio Movie Grill // Chicago, IL (South Side) // Sept. 20 – 26, 2019
- Reel Art Ways // Hartford, CT // Sept. 20 – 26, 2019
- Liberty Theatre // Camas, WA // Sept. 20 – 26, 2019
- Laemmle Town Center 5 // Encino, CA // September 23-24, 2019
- Laemmle Royal Theatre // W. Los Angeles, CA // September 23-24, 2019
- Laemmle Claremont 5 // Claremont, CA // September 23-24, 2019
- Laemmle Playhouse 7 // Pasadena, CA // September 23-24, 2019
- Guild Cinema // Albuquerque, NM // Sept. 24-25 and Oct 1-3, 2019
- CCA Cinematheque // Santa Fe, NM // Sept. 27 – October 3, 2019
- Digital Gym // San Diego, CA // Sept. 27 – October 3, 2019
- African American Museum // Philadelphia, PA // September 28, 2019
- Frida Cinema // Santa Ana, CA // September 28 – 30, 2019
- Pickford Film Center // Bellingham, WA // October 13 + 21
- Midtown Art Cinema // Atlanta, GA // October 25 – 31, 2019
- Rosendale Theatre, Rosendale, NY / December 18, 2019
One of the most acclaimed music documentaries of all time, Say Amen, Somebody is George Nierenberg’s masterpiece — a joyous, funny, deeply emotional celebration of African American culture, featuring the father of Gospel, Thomas A. Dorsey ("Precious Lord, Take My Hand"); its matron, Mother Willie Mae Ford Smith; and earth-shaking performances by the Barrett Sisters and the O'Neal Twins. When it was first released in the early 1980s, the film received an overwhelming critical response, garnering rave reviews around the world.
“One of the most joyful movies I’ve ever seen.”
— Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
“The film’s mood is never less than marvelously infectious.”
— Richard Schickel, Time
“The music conquers doubt and unhappiness, and when it ends, you feel healed.”
— David Denby, New York Magazine
Quoting Willie Mae Ford Smith: “‘I just have a feeling within… You can’t help yourself. It goes between the marrow and the bones. I feel like I could fly’…
[the film] has the same uplifting effect on its audience.”
— Kathleen Carroll, New York Daily News
The new 4K restoration of Say Amen, Somebody is now available only for institutional sale that includes public performance rights and a streaming license for 3-years from date of purchase. (Please see here for further details.)
See also on Milestone’s website, George Nierenberg's amazing No Maps on My Taps and About Tap.
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