REJOICE AND SHOUT traces the evolution of Gospel through its many musical styles – the spirituals and early hymns, the four-part harmony-based quartets, the integration of blues and swing into Gospel, the emergence of Soul, and the blending of Rap and Hip Hop elements. Gospel music also walked in step with the story of African-American culture - slavery, hardscrabble rural existence and plantation work, the exodus to major cities, the Depression, World War II, civil rights and empowerment. REJOICE AND SHOUT connects the history of African-American culture with Gospel as it first impacted popular culture at large. Years in the making, REJOICE AND SHOUT captures so much of what is special about this music and African-American Christianity – the sermonizing, the heartfelt testimonials, getting slain in the spirit, the hard hollering, and of course the inspiring music.
Directed by Don McGlynn
Produced by Joe Lauro
Associate Producer Celia Mingus Zaentz
Executive Producers Mark Cuban and Todd Wagner
Ira Tucker Jr.
Jacquie Gayles Webb
The Selvy Family
“A GREAT FILM. A comprehensive retrospective that will enhance your enjoyment of all music, from pop to punk.” – Tim Cogshell, Box Office Magazine
“For anyone with a keen interest in Gospel music, THIS IS A MUST-SEE AND SEE-AGAIN. You’ve heard of documentaries that preach to the choir? In this one, the choir preaches back.” – Kirk Honeycutt, Hollywood Reporter
“THE BEST HISTORY OF GOSPEL MUSIC TO YET HIT THE SCREEN. A must-see for black gospel enthusiasts.” – Michael Corcoran, Austin American Statesman
“THE MOST THOROUGHLY RESEARCHED AND EXHAUSTIVE FILM ABOUT AFRICAN-AMERICAN GOSPEL MUSIC EVER COMMITTED TO FILM. Its many musical sequences are undeniably rousing.” – Jason Leroy, Spinning Platters
“SUBLIME. ONE OF THE MOST SHEERLY ENJOYABLE FILMS OF THE YEAR. Whatever your spiritual beliefs, you will come out of it completely uplifted and revivified.” – David Noh, Film Journal
“Filled with rich, rousing performances by some of gospel’s greatest stars. This movie is certain to make a flock of converts.”
- Leonard Maltin, ReelzChannel