3 - Rejoice And Shout, a Shadow And Act recommendation in 2011 when it was released, calls itself the DEFINITIVE filmed history of Gospel music.
Directed by Don McGlynn, the documentary features interviews with musicians like Smokey Robinson, Mavis Staples, Ira Tucker, Marie Knight, and many, many, many more. It traces the history of gospel music from its beginnings on Southern plantations and Baptist churches to national prominence.
It also features a wealth of archival footage of legendary gospel acts such as Mahalia Jackson, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, The Dixie Hummingbirds, The Staples Singers, The Blind Boys of Alabama, and several others.
The film saw a limited theatrical run during the summer of 2011 and went on to gross just over $100,000 at the box office.
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