Soundtrack for a Revolution

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Soundtrack for a Revolution
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Promotional film poster
Directed byBill Guttentag
Dan Sturman
Produced byJoslyn Barnes
Jim Czarnecki
Bill Guttentag
Dylan Nelson
Dan Sturman
Written byBill Guttentag
Dan Sturman
StarringThe Roots
John Legend
Wyclef Jean
Music byPhil Marshall
CinematographyBuddy Squires
Jon Else
Stephen Kazmierski
Edited byJeffrey Doe
Release date
  • 2009 (2009)
Running time
82 minutes
CountryUnited States
United Kingdom

Soundtrack for a Revolution is a 2009 documentary film written and directed by Bill Guttentag and Dan Sturman. This documentary traces the story of the Civil Rights Movement and the struggles fought by young African-American activists with an emphasis on the power of music. Soundtrack for a Revolution had its international premiere at the Cannes Film Festival and its North American premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival.[1] Soundtrack for a Revolution was selected by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as part of the Oscar shortlist for the Documentary Feature category of the 82nd Academy Awards.[2] Guttentag and Sturman were nominated for Best Documentary Screenplay from the Writers Guild of America.[3] The film has screened at numerous festivals including Cannes, Tribeca, IDFA and Sheffield Doc/Fest.


Guttentag and Sturman choose to use contemporary artists to interpret the music and the messages of the Civil Rights Movement including Wyclef Jean, John Legend, Joss Stone and The Roots. John Legend sang "Woke Up This Morning",[4] Richie Havens sang "Will the Circle be Unbroken,"[5] The Roots sang "Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around",[6] Joss Stone sang "Keep Your Eyes on the Prize"[6] and Wyclef Jean sang "Here's to the State of Mississippi" by Phil Ochs.


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  1. ^ "Press". 15 May 2009. Retrieved 24 July 2013.
  2. ^ "15 Documentary Features Continue in 2009 Oscar® Race | Press Release | The Academy". Retrieved 24 July 2013.
  3. ^ "2010 Writers Guild Award Winners". TV Source Magazine. 21 February 2010. Retrieved 20 February 2019.
  4. ^ "Documentary Review: 'Soundtrack for a Revolution' | Movies & TV | Arts & Entertainment". Epoch Times. 24 January 2010. Retrieved 24 July 2013.
  5. ^ Movie, One (17 February 2010). "One Movie, Five Views Archive: Movie Review: Soundtrack for a Revolution". Retrieved 24 July 2013.
  6. ^ a b "Soundtrack for a Revolution : DVD Talk Review of the Theatrical". 22 January 2010. Retrieved 24 July 2013.

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