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“MAVIS!” is the first documentary on gospel/soul music legend and civil rights icon Mavis Staples and her family group, The Staple Singers. From the freedom songs of the ’60s and hits like “I’ll Take You There” in the ’70s, to funked-up collaborations with Prince and her recent albums with Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy, Mavis has stayed true to her roots, kept her family close, and inspired millions along the way.
Mavis Staples is well known to music fans. Solo and with her family group, The Staples Singers, she has produced a string of iconic hits, including “I’ll Take You There”, “Do It Again” and “Respect Yourself.” Now 75, she’s making the most vital music of her career, winning Grammy awards, and reaching a whole new generation of fans.
“Mavis!” tells her story from her childhood in Chicago to her phenomenal success, focusing particularly on how the Staples Singers and other great singers of the 60s and 70s, like Bob Dylan, were both influenced by, and influenced, the civil rights movement.
Featuring interviews from the great singer herself, “Mavis!” also features interviews with many of her contemporaries and friends, including Bob Dylan, Prince, Bonnie Raitt, Levon Helm, Jeff Tweedy, Chuck D.
“Mavis!” is the first feature from Director Jessica Edwards, and has been praised by critics, with Joe Leydon from Variety saying the film “richly deserves the exclamation point in its title.”