'Charles Bradley: Soul of America'

Daily reviews and interviews


Charles Bradley: Soul of America

24 Beats Per Second
D: Poull Brien

Charles Bradley knows a thing or two about hard knocks. He's spent most of his life on and off the streets while struggling to launch his music career. With his talent and a little luck, he finally realizes his dream at age 62 with the 2011 release of his first album, No Time for Dreaming. In this moving documentary, Poull Brien chronicles the months leading up to the album's release, deftly capturing Bradley's pureness in the kindest, most honorable light. Not only is the film – Brien's directorial first – a visual and audio joy; it also shines a light on the tortuous journey of an artist trying to see his way out of poverty. We're rooting for Bradley throughout, and we know how the story ends – with Bradley landing a deal with Daptone Records – but we're nonetheless left with damp eyes and a renewed appreciation for those trying to make it in the music industry.

Saturday, March 17, 7pm, Alamo Lamar

A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for almost 40 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

SXSW Film Releases Full Feature Lineup
SXSW Film Releases Full Feature Lineup
Slate includes everyone from Wes Anderson to the Zellners

Monica Riese, Jan. 30, 2014

Mindy Kaling Comes to SXSW
Mindy Kaling Comes to SXSW
The comedian and showrunner will speak March 9

Monica Riese, Jan. 21, 2014

More Screens Reviews
SXSW Film Reviews: 'Hawking'
Daily Reviews and Interviews

Michael King, March 15, 2013

SXSW 2013 Film Reviews: 'Museum Hours'
Daily reviews and interviews

Andy Campbell, March 15, 2013

More by Amy Smith
Well-Behaved? Let's Assume Not.
Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis: The Untold Story
Barbara Leaming's new biography makes the case that Jackie O suffered from PTSD

Nov. 28, 2014

Section 8 Reopens
Section 8 Reopens
Hurry up ... and wait!

Oct. 3, 2014


SXSW Film, Charles Bradley

One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Can't keep up with happenings around town? We can help.

Austin's queerest news and events

New recipes and food news delivered Mondays

All questions answered (satisfaction not guaranteed)

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle