Film #277: THUNDER SOUL
5 out of 5 stars
The inspiring story of one of the most underrated and little known funk bands of all time - Conrad O. Johnson and The Kashmere High School Stage Band – and an effort to reunite to honor their bandleader after thirty plus years. SOUL is a testament to the power of one man’s vision and to the power of music itself. Director Mark Landsman wisely gets out of the way of his interviewees and simply lets them tell their story juxtaposed by the majesty of that funky beat. The fascinating thing though is that not only did “Prof” teach the kids music and presentation, but he taught them how to be Men and Women, how to be decent and honorable people. And that is the thing that lies at the core of this phenomenal film – it is a love letter to the man who did so much for a simple high school teacher’s salary. I mean, this one man literally changed the landscape of modern music and revolutionized music programs across the nation! Further, THUNDER SOUL shows how music was – and is – a means to bridge cultural, social, and economic gaps. Man, oh man… I LOVED this film!!! HIGHLY recommended and fully endorsed by yours truly. See this movie, people! See this and feel the power of The Music!