Directed by Jessica Edwards, MAVIS! is the first feature length documentary about gospel/soul music legend and civil rights icon Mavis Staples and her family group, the Staple Singers.
From the delta-inflected gospel sound she helped pioneer in the 1950s, to her civil rights-era marching beside Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and her recent Grammy-winning work with Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy, Mavis Staples is one of the most influential and enduring vocalists of our time and a true American icon.
With dynamic live performances, rarely-seen archival footage, and conversations with friends and collaborators like Bob Dylan, Bonnie Raitt, Jeff Tweedy, Sharon Jones and more, MAVIS! reveals the struggles and successes of a career that has spanned over 60 years.
Transcending musical borders, Mavis has managed to transform herself as a soldier of love and peace whose fight continues.
At 75, she’s making the most vital music of her career, and her message of equality is needed now more than ever.