August 18, 2019


Showing: Wednesday, September 25 – 8:00 PM
Year: 2018
Country: USA
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This gritty, lovely documentary follows the unlikely musical partnership between Sterling “Mr. Satan” Magee, a black studio and backup musician for stars like Etta James, James Brown, and Marvin Gaye in the ‘60s and ‘70s, and Adam Gussow, a white Princeton graduate who grew up in Rockland County. A chance meeting on the Harlem streets resulted in performances that attracted acclaim, including a record contract and recordings with U2. Life on the road took its toll; like the blues, their friendship combined pain mixed with real beauty. 2018, USA, 80 minutes, documentary

Post-screening discussion via Skype with Adam Gussow, Rockland Country Day School class of ’75 (valedictorian), now a professor of English and Southern Studies at the University of Mississippi. He will be interviewed by Jim Fyfe, a longtime staff member and supporter of RCDS, a presentation coach for TED Talks, and a writer/producer whose credits include The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

Community Partner: Rockland Country Day School. Students and staff receive the Rivertown Film member discount.

“The blues seep into every scene of Satan & Adam, a gritty yet lovely documentary” (NY Times Critic’s Pick. – Ken Jaworowski, The New York Times

“A moving testament to the boundary-shattering language of music.” “Truly soul-stirring.” – Michael Rechtshaffen, Los Angeles Times

“A story of racial harmony and the power of music.” – Peter Keough, Boston Globe