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Thunder Soul Details

  • Release Date: Sep 23, 2011
  • Rated: brief language and momentary historical smoking
  • Runtime: 1 hr. 28 min.
  • Genres: Documentary
  • Director:Mark Landsman
  • Cast:Craig Green.

FULL SYNOPSIS

Most fans of classic soul and funk don't spend much time listening to high school bands, but mention the Kashmere Stage Band and they'll sit up and take notice. In the 1970s, the jazz band at Houston, Texas' Kashmere High School was one of the best in the nation, and even scored regional hits with their recordings. Comprised of students from one of Houston's roughest neighborhoods, the Kashmere Stage Band was the brainchild of Conrad O. Johnson Sr., the school's band director who replaced the band's staid repertoire with a mix of lively jazz and funk tunes and current R&B favorites, and instilled a powerful work ethic in his students that turned the ensemble into an award winner. Johnson, known to his students as "Prof," transformed an otherwise ordinary band into something ground-breaking, and in the documentary Thunder Soul, filmmaker Mark Landsman offers a telling profile of Johnson and his band, featuring photos and footage of the band in their heyday as well as interviews from a recent reunion in which the Kashmere alumni paid tribute to Prof with their first concert in decades. Thunder Soul received its world premiere at the 2010 South by Southwest Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:September 23, 2011

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Independent Spirit Awards Mark Landsman Best Documentary 2010 Nominee

Crew

Mark Landsman
Director
Mark Landsman
Producer
Keith Calder
Producer
Jessica Wu
Producer
Sandra Chandler
Cinematographer
Gabe Hilfer
Musical Direction/Supervision
Jim Black
Musical Direction/Supervision
Jamie Foxx
Executive Producer
Jaime Rucker King
Executive Producer
Andy Hay
Story Editor
Andy Hay
Sound Editor
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