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Music On Screen


Year 2015
Runtime 81 mins

Directed by Jessica Edwards, MAVIS! is the first feature length documentary about gospel/soul music legend and civil rights icon Mavis Staples and her family group, the Staple Singers.

From the delta-inflected gospel sound she helped pioneer in the 1950s, to her civil rights-era marching beside Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and her recent Grammy-winning work with Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy, Mavis Staples is one of the most influential and enduring vocalists of our time and a true American icon.

With dynamic live performances, rarely-seen archival footage, and conversations with friends and collaborators like Bob Dylan, Bonnie Raitt, Jeff Tweedy, Sharon Jones and more, MAVIS! reveals the struggles and successes of a career that has spanned over 60 years.

Transcending musical borders, Mavis has managed to transform herself as a soldier of love and peace whose fight continues.

At 75, she’s making the most vital music of her career, and her message of equality is needed now more than ever.


Canada United States
Hot Docs International Film Fest 2015, New Zealand Film Festival 2015, Atlantic Film Festival 2015
Jessica Edwards
Jessica Edwards
Mavis Staples, Adam Ayers, Gene Barge