Documentary capturing impact of music in prison to be screened at BRCC

Documentary capturing impact of music in prison to be screened at BRCC
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POSTED: Thursday, June 13, 2013 - 6:00am

UPDATED: Thursday, June 13, 2013 - 6:04am

Music's value and impact on the prison community are revealed in the documentary film "Songs of Souls," that will be screened at Baton Rouge Community College (BRCC) on Thursday, June 13, at 6:00 p.m.

"Songs of Souls," a film by Ronnie Clifton, is based on the folklore of Louisiana bluesman Huddie "Lead Belly" Ledbetter, who sang his way out of prison -- twice. The film not only highlights Louisiana musicians, but also sheds light on Louisiana's criminal justice system and how music brings a degree of normalcy to life in the correctional facilities.

The film focuses on four Louisiana musicians - Eric Adcock, David Egan, Michael Juan Nunez and Roddie Romero -- as they share their own musical styles with their prison audience.

Clifton is a native Louisianan with a background in marketing and public relations. He worked in the promotions department for the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, and he also worked for the Louisiana Lottery Corporation. After ten years of marketing and public relations, he decided to pursue storytelling via moving image arts. He has produced award-winning programs, including "Sounds Good," "We Got That Fiyo,"and "Only Way to Find the Pearls".

"The Magnolia Theater at BRCC is one of the premier venues in Louisiana," Clifton said. "It's an honor to screen "Songs of Souls" here, and a stellar evening of true Louisiana music is certain."

A curtain talk featuring a conversation with Clifton will be held immediately following the screening.

This free event will be held in BRCC's Magnolia Theater and is open to the public. For additional information call 225-216-8723.

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