How They Got Over
DIRECTOR: Robert Clem
COUNTRY: United States | 87 min.
Q & A with: Director Robert Clem, producer Jerry Zolten, Willie Rogers of the Soul Stirrers, and Chicago gospel expert Bob Marovich
A long-overdue look at journey of young black men who found a way out of poverty through spiritual music in the first half of the 20th century. Tastefully mixing vintage clips, archival images, and interviews with members of the Blind Boys of Alabama, the Soul Stirrers, the Dixie Hummingbirds, and other groups, this is the quintessential history of gospel music’s legendary quartets and their enduring influence on rock, soul, and R&B.
Willie Rogers, the last lead singer of the legendary Soul Stirrers, and Bob Marovich, author of A City Called Heaven: Chicago and the Birth of Gospel Music, join the producer and director for a post-screening conversation.