Miss Sharon Jones!

Times:

  • 5:30 pm and 8:30 pm
  • Friday, October 14, 2016

Where:

  • The Tower Theatre
    815 E Olive Ave.
    Fresno, CA 93728

Synopsis

Fresno Filmworks presents the American independent documentary “Miss Sharon Jones!” a powerful crowd-pleaser that captures iconic soul diva Sharon Jones during the most intense and courageous year of her life. Often compared to the legendary James Brown for her energetic performances, Jones finds her career taking off after years of being kept down by a music industry that branded her “too short, too Black, too fat.” After decades of working odd jobs, from a corrections officer to a wedding singer, she enjoys a breakthrough in middle age after joining forces with the Brooklyn R&B outfit The Dap-Kings. Then in 2013, on the eve of the release of her album “Give the People What They Want,” Jones is diagnosed with cancer, but she battles back with a magnetizing spirit of heart, wit, and humor to triumphantly reclaim center stage. Directed by two-time Academy Award winner Barbara Kopple.

AKA-sorority-300pxDirector: Barbara Kopple
Distributor: Starz Digital
USA • 94 minutes • Not Rated

Screening Sponsors
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. — Iota Omicron Omega Chapter
Judie and Alan Pierrot

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Filmworks thanks Jewel FM 99.3, The Fresno Bee, Vida en el Valle, and Stella Artois for their ongoing support.

Reviews

"Jones, who found success later in life — her first record hit shelves when she was 40 — is described early on in the feature as “a female James Brown,” thanks to her soulful singing and her energetic on-stage antics, a nifty binary that effectively telegraphs both the power and the possibility of her talent." — Kate Erbland, IndieWire
"For those who know Jones’ work as the just-shy-of-five-foot frontwoman for The Dap-Kings, director Barbara Kopple's latest femme-powerment film anthem will be a delight. And for the many who don’t, the discovery proves an even greater pleasure, offering an intimate glimpse at the fighting spirit that defines one of America’s great unsung rhythm artists." — Peter DeBruge, Variety
"Jones, who found success later in life — her first record hit shelves when she was 40 — is described early on in the feature as “a female James Brown,” thanks to her soulful singing and her energetic on-stage antics, a nifty binary that effectively telegraphs both the power and the possibility of her talent." — Kate Erbland, IndieWire
"For those who know Jones’ work as the just-shy-of-five-foot frontwoman for The Dap-Kings, director Barbara Kopple's latest femme-powerment film anthem will be a delight. And for the many who don’t, the discovery proves an even greater pleasure, offering an intimate glimpse at the fighting spirit that defines one of America’s great unsung rhythm artists." — Peter DeBruge, Variety

Every second Friday of the month, Fresno Filmworks screens first-run independent and international movies at the historic Tower Theatre.