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Satan & Adam documentary tracks NYC street musicians turned U2 collaborators (opening in theaters)

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Sterling Magee was a session musician who played on James Brown and Marvin Gaye records, and recorded for Ray Charles’ label. Disgusted with the exploitation of black musicians by the industry, Magee walked away from the music biz, rechristening himself as street musician Mr. Satan. In the ’80s, Adam Gussow, a young white Princeton University grad, saw Magee playing in Harlem when on his way to the Apollo Theatre and asked if he could play harmonica with him. The unlikely duo became a sensation, made albums and even appeared on U2’s Rattle & Hum album (and accompanying documentary). But it was fleeting, and Magee disappeared again. That’s not the end of the story, though, as director V. Scott Balcerek’s new documentary Satan & Adam tracks the two musicians’ relationship over the last 30+ years. Watch the trailer featuring The Edge, Harry Shearer, and Al Sharpton, below. Check out the NY Times review.

Satan & Adam opens in NYC on Friday, April 12 at Village East Cinemas with a week-long run. The 7:10 PM screening on Friday will include a Q&A with director V. Scott Balcerek and Adam Gussow, as well as journalist Peter Noel and musician Rachel Faro. Tickets are on sale.

After playing NYC, the Satan & Adam will expand to other cities. Screening dates are listed below.

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SATAN & ADAM SCREENINGS
APRIL 12 – APRIL 19 | VILLAGE EAST | NEW YORK, NY
APRIL 13 | MAYSLES CINEMA | NEW YORK, NY | DIRECTOR Q&A
APRIL 17-18 | DREAMLAND | NANTUCKET, MA
APRIL 19 | LAEMMLE GLENDALE | LOS ANGELES, CA | DIRECTOR Q&A
APRIL 20 | LAEMMLE GLENDALE | LOS ANGELES, CA | DIRECTOR + PRODUCER Q&A
APRIL 19 – 26 | LAEMMLE GLENDALE | LOS ANGELES, CA
APRIL 19-26 – SUNRISE CINEMA | BERTHOUD, CO
APRIL 23 | LAEMMLE SANTA MONICA | DIRECTOR Q&A
APRIL 27 – 30 | AUSTIN FILM SOCIETY | AUSTIN, TX
APRIL 28 | 14 PEWS CINEMA | HOUSTON, TX
APRIL 30 | RIALTO SEBASTOPOL, CA | WITH SCOTT BALCEREK
MAY 1 | ESQUIRE | CINCINNATI, OHIO
MAY 2 | RIALTO ELMWOOD | BERKELEY, CA | WITH SCOTT BALCEREK
MAY 2 | CROSSTOWN ARTS | MEMPHIS, TN
MAY 2-5 | RALEIGH PLAYHOUSE | RALEIGH, WV
MAY 3-5 | ICA | LONDON, UK
MAY 6 | HOLLYWOOD THEATRE | PORTLAND, OR
MAY 8 | ROXIE THEATER | SAN FRANCISCO, CA
MAY 15 | SAN RAFAEL FILM CENTER | SAN RAFAEL, CA | WITH DIRECTOR Q&A
MAY 18 | REGENT THEATRE | ARLINGTON, MA

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