Music Doc 'Thunder Soul' Sells to Roadside Attractions

3:27 PM PST 11/07/2010 by Stuart Kemp

Mark Landsman's movie follows alumni of Houston's storied Kashmere High School Stage Band.

The alumni from Houston's storied Kashmere High School Stage Band are back on the road across America after U.S. indie Roadside Attractions sealed North American rights to music documentary Thunder Soul, directed by Mark Landsman.

Landsman's movie follows the alumni of the band who return home after 35 years to play a tribute concert for the 92-year-old "prof," their band leader who broke the color barrier and transformed the school's mediocre jazz band into a world-class funk ensemble in the early 1970s.

Snoot Entertainment's Keith Calder and Jessica Wu produced the film along with director Landsman.

The doc scored a 2010 audience award from the South by Southwest Film Festival as well as audience awards for best documentary feature from the Dallas International Film Festival, the Hot Docs International Film Festival, the Los Angeles Film Festival and the Aspen Film Festival.

The announcement was made today by Roadside co-presidents Howard Cohen and Eric d'Arbeloff. HanWay Films is handling international sales of the film at AFM.

The deal was negotiated by Howard Cohen on behalf of Roadside Attractions, and by Snoot President Keith Calder, Submarine Entertainment and CAA on behalf of the filmmakers.

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