It was afros, pleated pants and platform shoes; James Brown, Sly Stone and Bootsy Collins. It was the ’70s, and an inner-city Houston high school was about to make history. Presented by Texas-native Jamie Foxx, THUNDER SOUL follows the extraordinary alumni from Houston’s storied Kashmere High School Stage Band, who return home after 35 years to play a tribute concert for the 92-year-old Conrad “Prof” Johnson, their beloved band leader who broke the color barrier and transformed the school’s struggling jazz band into a world-class funk powerhouse in the early 1970s.
THUNDER SOUL is endorsed by national arts education champions Americans for the Arts Action Fund, and school districts around the nation. Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) Executive Director, Robert Floyd, describes THUNDER SOUL as “a wonderful tool that will help us further convince students, educators, and policy makers of music’s life-changing impact.”
THUNDER SOUL is directed by Mark Landesman. Producers are Landesman, Keith Calder and Jessica Wu. Executive producers are Jamie Foxx and Jaime Rucker King. Director of Photography is Sandra Chandler. Editor is Claire Didier. Sound Editor is Andy Hay and music supervisors are Jim Black and Gabe Hilfer. THUNDER SOUL features original music by Conrad O. Johnson, Sr.
Roadside Attractions will release THUNDER SOUL in theatres September 23, 2011.