SXSW 2010 Video Interview: Director Mark Landsman (THUNDER SOUL)

GATW Guest Writer

by: GATW Guest Writer
April 2nd, 2010

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THUNDER SOUL is one of those rare films that's able to really motivate you and give you a spring in your step as you leave the theater. And the best part about the film is that it's a true story. The documentary THUNDER SOUL centers around Conrad "Prof" Johnson and his truly inspiring work with the first all black stage band of the '70s. Prof completely changed the lives and sound of his band, and brought all of them to places they didn't think were possible at the time. The film follows back up 35 years later with Prof and the members of his legendary band, when the band decides to reunite and give Prof a thank you for giving them, well, their soul.

Every time I recommended the film to someone at the festival I would get chills just talking about it, so you can imagine how excited I was to sit down with director Mark Landsman and discuss how THUNDER SOUL was made. In the course of the interview, we talk about how he got involved with the project, and also how important music education is for children. It was wonderful talking with Mark about the film and it's obvious how much he cares for Prof and the band.

Check out and enjoy my interview below!

Writer's Note: I just want to apologize for the camerawork. This was my first time to shoot my own interview, and I didn't realize at times during the interview that my angle was somewhat off. Please bear with me during these moments! Thanks!

Also, for those of you attending the Dallas International Film Festival next week, THUNDER SOUL will be playing Sat, Apr 10th at 4:30pm and Wed, Apr 14th at 4:00pm. Even if you're not attending the entire festival, tickets are on sale for $10 and I can't recommend the film enough. Please check out the official THUNDER SOUL DIFF page for more information.

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