Telluride FilmRaiser

Following up on the successful format that was introduced in 2014, (with the showing of “The Girls in the Band” on the opening night of the Telluride Jazz Festival), this year KOTO-fm’s DJ Jimmy Jazz, the Telluride Society for Jazz, the Telluride Jazz Festival and San Miguel Resource Center are coming together to screen the award winning film, Mavis!, at the Sheridan Opera House. All proceeds go to SMRC!

The Event:

Pre-Festival Reception:
Tuesday, August 1st, 2017
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Sheridan Opera House SHOW BAR

On Tuesday, August 1st, there will be a pre-film VIP Event at the Sheridan Show Bar from 6:00 – 7:30 PM. There will be a charge of $35 per ticket to this VIP event, which will also include preferred seating for the film. There will also be live music, delicious appetizers, and premium cocktails and beer!

The Film:

Tuesday, August 1st, 2017
8:00 PM – 9:30 PM
Sheridan Opera House
Free & Open to the Public –  $15 Suggested Donation to SMRC

Film Summary:

Mavis! is the first feature documentary on gospel/soul music legend and civil rights icon Mavis Staples (this year’s Telluride Jazz Festival Sunday Main Stage Closer) 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.

Featuring powerful live performances, rare archival footage, and conversations with friends and contemporaries including Bob Dylan, Prince, Bonnie Raitt, Sharon Jones, Steve Cropper, Levon Helm, Jeff Tweedy, Chuck D, and more, MAVIS! reveals the struggles, successes, and intimate stories of her journey. At 78, she’s making the most vital music of her career, winning Grammy awards, and reaching a new generation of fans. Her message of love and equality is needed now more than ever.

Film Reviews:

“One of the best music documentaries of this decade.” — Paste Magazine

“Among a collection of stand-out biographies that premiered at South by Southwest, Mavis! was the feel-good star, a story of survival, family, change and adapting to it.” — Billboard

“A spirited and captivating bio-doc that richly deserves the exclamation point in its title.” — Variety

“An expansive and inspiring portrait of singer and civil rights pioneer Mavis Staples.” — Washington Post