ONLY THE STRONG SURVIVE

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ONLY THE STRONG SURVIVE

Chris Hegedus, D.A. (Donn Alan) Pennebaker
USA, 2002
Documentaries, 95min, OmdU

ONLY THE STRONG SURVIVE

Chris Hegedus, D.A. (Donn Alan) Pennebaker
USA, 2002
Documentaries, 95min, OmdU

Sound: 
Chris Hegedus
John Paul Pennebaker
Kit Pennebaker
Camera: 
Jim Desmond
Nick Doob
Chris Hegedus
Erez Laufer
Jehane Noujaim
D.A. Pennebaker
Editor: 
Chris Hegedus
Erez Laufer
D.A. Pennebaker
Composer: 
Jerry Butler
The Chi Lites
Isaac Hayes
Sam Moore
Ann Peebles
Wilson Pickett
Carla Thomas
Rufus Thomas
Mary Wilson
Production: 
Pennebaker & Hegedus Films 262 West 91st Street New York NY 10024, USA T 212 496 9195 info@pennebakerhegedusfilms.com
World Sales: 
Miramax International 99 Hudson Street, 5st floor New York NY 10013, USA T 212 219 4100 F 212 941 3836
Format: 
35 mm
Color

In 1999, D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus launched into a mission to find and record some of the the greatest soul stars ever: Wilson Pickett, Sam Moore of Sam and Dave, Mary Wilson of the Supremes, Isaac Hayes, Jerry Butler, and the Chi Lites. They went to Memphis for a reunion of legendary Stax Records stars like Rufus Thomas and his daughter, the great Carla Thomas, William Bell, Sir Mack Rice, and others. The result is a permanent film document of a dying genre of music rhythm and blues some 25 years after the hits stopped coming but the musicians kept playing. What happened when disco took over and the radio became fractionalized? How did they keep going? As Jerry Butler sings in the films, «Only the Strong Survive».