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Thunder Soul
     

Thunder Soul

Director: Mark Landsman

Cast: Conrad O. Johnson Sr., Craig Baldwin, Craig Green

 
Most fans of classic soul and funk don't spend much time listening to high school bands, but mention the Kashmere Stage Band and they'll sit up and take notice. In the 1970s, the jazz band at Houston, Texas' Kashmere High School was one of the best in the nation, and even scored regional hits with their recordings. Comprised of students from one of Houston's roughest

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Most fans of classic soul and funk don't spend much time listening to high school bands, but mention the Kashmere Stage Band and they'll sit up and take notice. In the 1970s, the jazz band at Houston, Texas' Kashmere High School was one of the best in the nation, and even scored regional hits with their recordings. Comprised of students from one of Houston's roughest neighborhoods, the Kashmere Stage Band was the brainchild of Conrad O. Johnson Sr., the school's band director who replaced the band's staid repertoire with a mix of lively jazz and funk tunes and current R&B favorites, and instilled a powerful work ethic in his students that turned the ensemble into an award winner. Johnson, known to his students as "Prof," transformed an otherwise ordinary band into something ground-breaking, and in the documentary Thunder Soul, filmmaker Mark Landsman offers a telling profile of Johnson and his band, featuring photos and footage of the band in their heyday as well as interviews from a recent reunion in which the Kashmere alumni paid tribute to Prof with their first concert in decades. Thunder Soul received its world premiere at the 2010 South by Southwest Film Festival.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/31/2012
UPC:
0031398148074
Original Release:
2010
Rating:
PG
Source:
Miramax Lionsgate
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:28:00
Sales rank:
42,883

Special Features

Closed Caption; Audio commentary with director/producer Mark Landsman and film editor Claire Didier; Never-before-seen footage from Prof & The Band documentary (1974); Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Conrad O. Johnson Participant
Craig Baldwin Participant
Craig Green Participant
Bruce Middleton Participant
Timothy Thompson Participant
Gerald Calhoun Participant
Gwen Walker Participant
Kirbyjon Caldwell Participant
Martha Samson Participant
Gaila Mitchell Participant

Technical Credits
Mark Landsman Director,Producer
Jim Black Musical Direction/Supervision
Keith Calder Producer
Sandra Chandler Cinematographer
Claire Didier Cinematographer,Editor
Jamie Foxx Executive Producer
Andy Hay Sound Editor
Gabe Hilfer Musical Direction/Supervision
Conrad O. Johnson Score Composer
Jaime Rucker King Executive Producer
Jessica Wu Producer

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