Tickets are still available for tonight's screening at Do317 Lounge of Muscle Shoals. It's the second of four installments in the Indy Film Fest's music-themed Fall Series. Doors at 7 p.m. for live DJing by Jon Rogers, the film begins at 8 p.m., and the whole thing is 21+ with beer and popcorn available. Here's Taylor Peters' three (out of five) star capsule review of the doc:
Muscle Shoals illustrates the history of the Alabama recording studio by vacillating between two visual and narrative styles. The first, and most effective, is quick-moving and factual, relating the stories of watershed sessions with Wilson Pickett, Aretha Franklin, and The Rolling Stones. The second is more contemplative, focusing on the character of Rick Hall (the founder of FAME studios, out of which Muscle Shoals Sound Studio grew) and the mythology around the place. Unfortunately, these latter sections tend to drag; they feel well-intentioned but aren't sufficiently fleshed out. Regardless, the film presents an interesting vision of a vital piece of American musical history.
And while we're at it, a trailer: