Homer film fest gets an international release

Aretha Franklin in "Muscle Shoals."
courtesy Homer International Documentary Film Festival
One of the films being screened at the End of the Road.
Courtesy Homer Int'l Film Festival

The 10th Annual Homer International Documentary Film Festival appears to be coming of age with the international release - right here in Alaska! - of a critically-acclaimed documentary “Muscle Shoals.”

The international release means that this will be the first time the movie is seen by the public. It opens in New York and Los Angeles the day after Alaska gets the first look.

The blurb for the funky film says it pertains to “The unlikely Alabama studio that has lured some of the greatest Rock ‘n Roll and Soul legends of all time, and created some of the most uplifting, defiant, and important music ever created.  Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Percy Sledge, Gregg Allman, Clarence Carter, Etta James, Alicia Keys, Bono, and others bear witness to Muscle Shoals’ magnetism, mystery, and why it remains influential today.”

“Muscle Shoals” the movie will be featured on the opening day of the festival, 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26 at the Homer Theatre, which will also include guest speakers and a barbecue. Rumor is this gala may be the most dressed up Homer folk ever get. 

The festival runs through Oct. 3. Information and tickets are available at www.homerdocfest.com and www.homertheatre.com.