Detroit Film Theatre

Cinetopia Film Festival: Deep City, Birth of the Miami Sound

Sunday, June 08, 2014

2:00 PM Marvin & Betty Danto Lecture Hall

(U.S.A.–2014/directed by Marlon Johnson, Dennis Scholl & Chad Tingle)

South Florida has been home to several music movements throughout the years, from 2 Live Crew and Miami bass to the Latin sounds of freestyle. But there may be one you don’t know about. In the mid-60s, Miami had a burgeoning soul scene to rival Motown in Detroit or Stax in Memphis. Started by producers Johnny Pearsall and Willie Clarke, Deep City Records was home to artists including Clarence Reid, Betty Wright, and Paul Kelly. While they may not be household names, all three had hit songs. Deep City was the first black-owned label in the state of Florida: unfortunately, artistic disagreements eventually led to its demise. Deep City: The Birth of the Miami Sound is a fascinating look at a forgotten portion of American music history. Now, several decades later, the label’s inspiring story is finally getting the attention it deserves. (57 min.) –Cleveland International Film Festival
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