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Hot Docs: Rock Doc 'Muscle Shoals' Wins Audience Award

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Aretha Franklin in "Muscle Shoals"

The Sundance pic from Greg "Freddy" Camalier features interviews with Aretha Franklin, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards about the legendary Alabama recording studio.

TORONTO - Muscle Shoals, a documentary about the legendary Muscle Shoals recording studio in Alabama, has earned the audience award at the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival.

The film by Greg "Freddy" Camalier, which bowed at Sundance and screened at SXSW, beat out audience award runner-up Blood Brother by American filmmaker Steve Hoover, where the director follows his friend’s sudden move to India to care for HIV-positive orphans.

Muscle Shoals, whose U.S. releasing rights lie with Magnolia Pictures, features interviews with Aretha Franklin, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Percy Sledge, Gregg Allman, Clarence Carter, Alicia Keys and Bono, among others.

And two documentaries tied for Hot Docs' Filmmakers Award: Tinatin Gurchiani’s The Machine Which Makes Everything Disappear, a Georgia-German co-production that looks at the lives of Georgian youth through a casting call, and These Birds Walk, by U.S. directors Bassam Tariq and Omar Mullick, which looks at a children’s shelter in Karachi.

Hot Docs’ 20th edition wrapped on Sunday in Toronto.