Magnolia Pictures Acquires Rights to Muscle Shoals Documentary

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Wed, 03/27/2013 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

Wagner/Cuban Company’s Magnolia Pictures has acquired U.S. rights to Muscle Shoals a documentary about the legendary Muscle Shoals recording studio in Alabama that spawned some of the greatest records of all time. Directed by Greg 'Freddy' Camalier and produced by Stephen Badger and Camalier the film features interviews with Mick Jagger Keith Richards Percy Sledge Gregg Allman Clarence Carter Alicia Keys Bono and many others. The film premiered at Sundance and was screened at the Paramount Theater in Austin Texas in the SXSW Film Festival. Muscle Shoals tells the incredible and unlikely story of a small Alabama town by the Tennessee River where a man named Rick Hall overcame crushing personal hardship to put together a recording studio and house band (the Swampers) that became legendary for its electrifying musical chemistry. Luring some of the biggest figures in 20th century pop music like Aretha Franklin Bob Dylan the Rolling Stones the Staples Singers the Allman Brothers Band Lynyrd Skynyrd Simon and Garfunkle the studio produced all time classic songs like Mustang Sally I Never Loved a Man Wild Horses and many more uniting black and white musicians in the deep south during an incendiary period of racial hostility. “Muscle Shoals is a great accomplishment ” said Magnolia president Eamonn Bowles. “It captures the elusive magic of a truly special place that birthed some of the most exciting music ever made. Music fans of all ages are going to find this story revelatory.” Stephen and I are thrilled for Muscle Shoals to find such a wonderful partner in Magnolia Pictures who will help bring this amazing heretofore unknown tale to the world said Camalier. The theatrical deal was negotiated by Magnolia’s senior vice president of acquisitions Dori Begley with Josh Braun Dan Braun & David Koh of Submarine.

Submarine also announced it has sold U.S. TV rights to Independent Lens for broadcast on PBS and all Canadian rights to Films We Like.

 At its heart Muscle Shoals is a social issue doc that looks at how music transformed culture said Lois Vossen Independent Lens senior series producer.

Those deals were negotiated by Koh Josh & Dan Braun along with Lois Vossen Independent Lens Senior Series Producer and Ron Mann President of Films We Like.