"BOTH A HISTORICAL DOCUMENT AND A CELEBRATION…CERTAIN TO CREATE A FLOCK OF CONVERTS TO THIS SOULFUL BRAND OF AMERICAN SONG."
"UPLIFTING… THE MUSIC NEVER WAVERED, AND GOSPEL EVENTUALLY PREVAILED. HALLELUJAH!"
"A CONSISTENTLY ENTERTAINING DOCUMENTARY BRINGING TODETHER A REMARKABLE VARIETY OF SURVIVING PERFORMANCES ON FILMS AND RECORDS…"
"A ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME CONCERT IN ONE SOUL-STIRRING PACKAGE."
"Offers the most MAGNIFICENT, HEROIC examples of art to be found in any movie so far this year."
"A must-see and see-again. It’s also a must-have for the home libraries of gospel-music enthusiast."
"SPLENDID – A MUST-SEE AND SEE AGAIN!"
"A GREAT FILM. A comprehensive retrospective that will enhance your enjoyment of all music, from pop to punk."
"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."
"THE BEST HISTORY OF GOSPEL MUSIC TO YET HIT THE SCREEN. A must-see for black gospel enthusiasts."
"THE MOST THOROUGHLY RESEARCHED AND EXHAUSTIVE FILM ABOUT AFRICAN-AMERICAN GOSPEL MUSIC EVER COMMITTED TO FILM. Its many musical sequences are undeniably rousing."
"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."
"Filled with rich, rousing performances by some of gospel’s greatest stars. This movie is certain to make a flock of converts."
REJOICE & SHOUT covers 200 years of musical history of African-American Christianity, featuring the legends of Gospel music, including The Staple Singers, The Clara Ward Singers, The Dixie Hummingbirds, and Sister Rosetta Tharpe. Culled from hundreds of hours of music, tracing the evolution of gospel music through its many styles – the spirituals and early hymns, the four-part harmony-based quartets, the integration of blues and swing, the emergence of “soul,” and the blending of rap and hip-hop elements. It connects the history of African-American culture with gospel as it first impacted popular culture at large and captures so much of what is special about this music and African-American Christianity.
Featuring Music by:
THE BLIND BOYS OF ALABAMA
THE CLARA WARD SINGERS
THE DINWIDDIE COLORED QUARTET
THE DIXIE HUMMINGBIRDS
THE EDWIN HAWKINS SINGERS
THE FIVE BLIND BOYS OF MISSISSIPPI
THE GOLDEN GATE QUARTET
REVEREND JAMES CLEVELAND
THE SELVEY FAMILY
SISTER ROSETTA THARPE
THE STAPLE SINGERS
THE SWAN SILVERTONES
THE UTICA QUARTET