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Presents Soundtrack for a Revolution

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011


Acclaimed Film Shows How the Songs of Freedom
Sustained, Nurtured and Propelled the Civil Rights Movement to Victory

Premieres Monday, May 9, 2011 8:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. on WTVP 47.1

“You can cage the singer, but not the song.” - Harry Belafonte

Soundtrack for a Revolution tells the story of the American civil rights movement through its powerful music -- the freedom songs protesters sang on picket lines, in mass meetings, in police wagons, and in jail cells as they fought for justice and equality. The film features new performances by top artists including John Legend, Joss Stone, Wyclef Jean, and The Roots; riveting archival footage; and interviews with civil rights foot soldiers and leaders, including Congressman John Lewis, Harry Belafonte, Julian Bond, Andrew Young and dozens more. Soundtrack for a Revolution celebrates the vitality of the freedom songs and explores how these simple but stirring anthems had the power to sustain the movement during its darkest hours. Directed by Bill Guttentag and Dan Sturman (Nanking), and executive produced by Danny Glover, Soundtrack for a Revolution will premiere locally on the PBS series AMERICAN EXPERIENCE on Monday, May 9, 2011 at 8:00 p.m. WTVP 47.1

The freedom songs that propelled the civil rights movement -- from the Montgomery bus boycott to lunch counter sit-ins, from Birmingham to the march on Washington to Selma -- evolved from slave chants, from the labor movement, and especially from the black church. They enabled blacks to sing words they could not say, and were crucial in helping the civil rights activists as they faced down brutal aggression with dignity and non-violence. The film weaves together contemporary performances of such timeless songs as “Eyes on the Prize,” “Wade in the Water,” and “We Shall Overcome,” with heart-wrenching interviews and dramatic footage from the front lines of the fight for freedom.



Anthony Hamilton and the Blind Boys of Alabama
Angie Stone
Joss Stone
The Carlton Reese Memorial Unity Choir
Mary Mary
Wyclef Jean
Richie Havens
The Roots
John Legend



About the Filmmakers


BILL GUTTENTAG (Director/Writer/Producer)
Bill Guttentag is a two-time Oscar-winning documentary and feature film director/writer/producer. He wrote and directed the dramatic feature Live! which was distributed by The Weinstein Company. Along with Dan Sturman, Guttentag also wrote and directed the documentary Nanking which won Peabody and Emmy Awards and also earned Guttentag and Sturman a Writers Guild of America nomination. In 2003 Guttentag won an Oscar® for the documentary Twin Towers. It was his second Academy Award; the first was for You Don’t Have To Die, for HBO. He has also received three additional Oscar® nominations, and three Emmy Awards. Guttentag created and executive produced the NBC series Crime & Punishment and has directed films for HBO, ABC, CBS and others. Since 2001 he has been teaching a class on the film and television business at the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University.

DAN STURMAN (Director/Writer/Producer)
Together with Bill Guttentag, Dan Sturman wrote and directed the Sundance, Emmy, and Peabody award-winning documentary Nanking, and produced the Academy Award® winning documentary Twin Towers. Between 2001 and 2003, Sturman produced three seasons of the NBC primetime series Crime & Punishment. In addition to his documentary work, Sturman has worked extensively as a broadcast journalist, reporting and producing for ABC News, CBS News, and the BBC while based in Los Angeles; for Reuters and NBC News while based in London; and for ABC News 20/20 in New York. He is currently co-directing The Hollywood Complex, a feature documentary about aspiring child actors in Hollywood.

Executive Producers


Television's most-watched history series, AMERICAN EXPERIENCE has been hailed as "peerless" (Wall Street Journal), "the most consistently enriching program on television" (Chicago Tribune), and "a beacon of intelligence and purpose" (Houston Chronicle). On air and online, the series brings to life the incredible characters and epic stories that have shaped America's past and present. Acclaimed by viewers and critics alike, AMERICAN EXPERIENCE documentaries have been honored with every major broadcast award, including fourteen George Foster Peabody Awards, four duPont-Columbia Awards, and twenty-seven Primetime and Creative Arts Emmy Awards, one most recently in Outstanding Directing Nonfiction for My Lai.

Exclusive corporate funding for AMERICAN EXPERIENCE is provided by Liberty Mutual. Major funding is provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and Public Television Viewers.



For further information contact Linda Miller, WTVP Vice President of Programming, at (309) 495-0591 or linda.miller@wtvp.org



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