Document / European premiere

Thunder Soul

  • Mark Landsman /
  • USA /
  • 2010 /
  • 84 mins

Documentary / English

One of the funkiest bands of the Seventies explodes out of the schoolyard.

Straight out of a high school in Texas, the electrifying Kashmere Stage Band was the brainchild of gifted music teacher Conrad Johnson. Johnson’s dynamic arrangements transformed the idea of the high school band, and brought his students worldwide recognition. That success changed not just their lives, but the fortune of their whole community. As one spectator remarked, “They were on fire”. He was right – they still are.

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  • #1 Michelle Miller / Friday 4 June, 2010 / 19:54 GMT

    I saw this film at South by Southwest. It was so powerful that I went to see it again! The theatre was packed both times. It felt like watching a brilliant film with a large family as every one laughed, cheered and cried together. And the music is so groovy and funky you can't sit still. No one left the film unmoved. Congrats Edinburgh. You're in for a treat!
  • #2 Scott Macdonald / Friday 18 June, 2010 / 01:09 GMT

    I loved this film, one of the year's best. "A great and moving tapestry of love, humour, talent and inspiration."
  • #3 Katherine Stephenson / Sunday 20 June, 2010 / 09:54 GMT

    I adored this film and can't agree with the previous comments more. It's takes you on a journey of through these people lives and a roller coaster of emotion. It's an inspirational story and made extremely well to incorporate all types of footage. Best film I've seen so far.

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