Soundtrack for a Revolution tells the story of the civil rights movement in the 1950’s and ‘60’s through music of the period. Musicians and activists recall the Montgomery bus boycott, lunch counter sit-ins, the march on Washington, among other milestones, and how the songs of a new generation helped to stir the winds of change. New performances by the Roots (pictured), John Legend, Wyclef Jean and the Blind Boys of Alabama in the confines of a studio still resonate with the unforgettable images of struggle, hardship, and triumph. (D. Bill Guttentag and Dan Sturman, 2009, 82 min., video)
The film will be introduced by DJ, radio producer, and music historian Ayana Contreras.
For all WPA 2.0 events, visit the portoluz website here.
Ayana Contreras is the former host of Chicago Public Radio’s “Global Overnight” program and currently produces a show called “Reclaimed Soul” on Vocalo.org (a sister station of Chicago Public Radio). She is also a DJ, sound designer, music historian, and teaches audio documentary skills to Chicago high school students. She is an avid record collector (LPs & 45s), and enjoys the stories behind them, especially those recorded locally. For more information about Ayana, visit her music and culture blog http://darkjive.com.