“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.
Knitting Factory Records
“Even if you haven’t had the chance to see director Alex Gibney’s new documentary about Afrobeat legend Fela Kuti, Finding Fela, one thing is already for certain: It has a killer soundtrack.” Head over to AV Club to listen to it full!
Comes out next week but you can grab a pre-order here!
Coming to a theater near you Aug. 1st!
8/1-7 – IFC Center – New York, NY
8/8-10 & 8/15-17 ONLY – Martha’s Vineyard Film Society – Vineyard Haven, MA
8/8-14 – Landmark Chez Artiste – Denver, CO
8/8-14 – The Screen – Santa Fe, NM
8/8-14 – Landmark E Street Cinema – Washington, DC
8/15-21 – Landmark Midtown Art Cinema – Atlanta, GA
8/15-21 – Landmark Ken Cinema – San Diego, CA
8/15-21 – Landmark Kendall Square Cinema – Boston, MA
8/15-21 – Landmark Opera Plaza Cinema – San Francisco, CA
8/15-21 – Landmark Shattuck Cinemas – Berkeley, CA
8/15-21 – Landmark Nuart Theatre – Los Angeles, CA
8/15-21 – Belcourt Theatre – Nashville, TN
8/15-21 – Landmark Ritz at the Bourse – Philadelphia, PA
8/22-28 – Gateway Film Center – Columbus, OH
8/22-25 – Guild Cinema – Albuquerque, NM
8/22-28 – Landmark Lagoon Cinema – Minneapolis, MN
8/29-31 – Museum of Fine Arts, Houston – Houston, TX
8/29-30 – Oklahoma City Museum of Art – Oklahoma City, OK
8/29-9/4 – Landmark Varsity Theatre – Seattle, WA
8/19 ONLY – POP Montreal – Montreal, QC
10/23 ONLY – Memphis Brooks Museum of Art