“Finding Fela!, a documentary chronicling the life of Fela Kuti, as well as the production of the renowned Broadway play, offers a glaring depiction of Kuti the talented musician and, more importantly, Kuti the revolutionary.
And as the face-off between civilians and militarized police forces continues in Ferguson, MO, his story is one that both police and protesters can learn from.” -Read the full article over at ThinkProgress
Finding Fela dream team – Alex Gibney (director), Stephen Hendel (producer) and Femi Kuti (Fela’s son) were interviewed by CBS on the new documentary focused on Fela’s life and Fela! The Musical.
Watch the full interview HERE
Finding Fela award winning director, Alex Gibney, spoke with the Los Angeles Times about the making of the documentary.
“Finding Fela!” is a hall-of-mirrors documentary that dissects the complex public persona of the late Afrobeat musician Fela Kuti though the lens of the 2009 Broadway musical biography “Fela!” – Los Angeles Times
Read the full interview HERE
Finding Fela opens in Los Angeles at the Nuart Theater on Friday, don’t miss out!
Tickets available HERE
Additional playtimes + tix: www.findingfela.com
Finding Fela opens in Denver, NYC & Washington DC!
Get your tickets now!!
“The captivating and meticulous new film by Alex Gibney (“The Armstrong Lie”) is both a standard biography and a making-of movie, blending concert and interview footage of Fela, as he was universally known (even to his children), with scenes from rehearsals and performances of “Fela!” -Washington Post
Washington, DC Landmark’s E Street Cinema: http://bit.ly/1pXy8q5
Denver, CO Landmark Theater Chez Artiste: http://bit.ly/1pImFNT
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MIST Harlem – My Image Studios LLC: http://bit.ly/1paPCTE
Martha’s Vineyard Film Society: http://bit.ly/1pImYrS
For a full list of playdates + tickets head to www.findingfela.com
“I hope fans of Fela Kuti come and see the movie, but it’s more important that people who don’t know about him but hear that it’s a good movie come and see the movie, because it’s one of the most important stories on the planet.” -Stephen Hendel (Finding Fela Executive Producer)
“Finding Fela is from Academy Award-winning director Alex Gibney, and it starts from the very beginning of Kuti’s life. The film follows his choice to study music in London while his brothers studied to be doctors, when he started his first band, traveled to the United States and was influenced by the black power movement, came back to Nigeria ready to speak on the injustices going on in the country and how his life changed from then on, up until his death in 1997. The story is told through all those who knew him best: his kids (including Fumi, Seun and Yeni), his manager, Rikki Stein, his former drummer, Tony Allen, and many more people who met and worked alongside the man, or were simply influenced by his music, including Amir “Questlove” Thompson of The Roots.” –Read the full review HERE
Finding Fela opening nationwide – all screen times available at www.findingfela.com
The soundtrack to Finding Fela is featured in Beats Music Highlights today!
The soundtrack to the film ‘Finding Fela’ which tells the story of Fela Kuti’s life, his music, and his social and political importance. This in-depth look at the man who created Afrobeat (the fusion of Jazz, traditional West African rhythms, Funk, Highlife, and psychedelic rock) includes 17 of Fela’s classic tracks plus a never-before released live version of “Colonial Mentality” recorded at the New Afrika Shine in Fela’s hometown of Lagos and features Femi Kuti on saxophone.
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“He was a lover, a fighter, a political activist, a polygamist, a thorn in the Nigerian government’s side, a bestselling recording artist, the basis for a hit Broadway show, a band leader, and most importantly, an African. Alex Gibney’s Finding Fela takes an in-depth look at the life and times of Fela Kuti, the legendary Afrobeat singer-songwriter who became a musical ambassador for his country and his continent.” –Rolling Stone
Head to Rolling Stone to learn 5 interesting facts about Fela Kuti from Finding Fela
Knitting Factory Records presents a special screening on Friday, August 1st at 4:20PM at IFC in NYC with Q+A with Rikki Stein (Fela’s Manager) and Femi Kuti (Fela’s son) to follow
RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org for discounted $10 ticket – first come, first serve so get there early!
Stream “Colonial Mentality” from the Finding Fela soundtrack
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“The brilliance of Finding Fela is in the juxtaposition of director Bill T. Jones’ tale of his efforts to bring the Afrobeat pioneer’s larger-than-life story to the most improbable of places — Broadway, against a rendering of Fela’s life as told by the people who knew him, loved him and committed their lives to his vision. The film’s effect is twofold: it confirms both the audacity and the artifice of Fela! the musical, while it renders an intimate portrait of Fela, the man.”
“It is impossible to put Fela’s life in two hours, but I was very impressed. I cannot explain how happy I am. I am very happy.” -Femi Kuti on Finding Fela”
Read the full review HERE
Screening nationwide now! All screen times HERE
The Finding Fela soundtrack is out today on Knitting Factory Records!
Includes 17 of Fela’s classic tracks ++ a never-before released live version of “Colonial Mentality” recorded at the New Afrika Shine in Fela’s hometown of Lagos and features Femi Kuti on saxophone.
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