Faculty Member Leslie McCleave Screening New Documentary in March
Faculty member Leslie McCleave’s feature documentary How Sweet the Sound — The Blind Boys of Alabama has five NY-area screenings as part of the ReelAbilities: NY Disability Film Festival. Leslie will be doing a Q&A following the screenings.
Filmed over the course of ten years, How Sweet the Sound is the fist film to tell the story of this legendary singing group who first met as children in the 1930s at a state-run segregated vocational school and would become one of the last great gospel quartets traversing the famed “gospel highway” and beyond. As the surviving band members recount their unlikely success story, we see a rare, frank view of life on the road and off with these renowned performers, now in their 70s and 80s.
The film will be at the Whitney Museum of American Art on March 4, 12:00 PM. It will also be screened at the Bronx Library Center, March 4, 2:30 PM. Both the Whitney and the Bronx Library Center screenings are free with registration.
Additional screenings will be held at Cinema Arts Centre in Huntington, NY on March 5, 1:00 PM and at the Alamo Drafthouse in Brooklyn on March 6 at 7:00 PM.
How Sweet the Sound will be the Closing Night Film of the ReelAbilities Festival on March 8 at 7 PM. The event will be held at the JCC Manhattan (334 AMSTERDAM AVE AT 76TH ST.) Some of the singers from the Blind Boys will be at the Q&A on Closing Night (3/8).