NXNE: Vann "Piano Man" Walls: The Spirit of R&B

Canadian Premiere


Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema Sun, Jun 15, 2014 12:30 PM
Film Info
Runtime:83 minutes
Country Listing:Canada
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Steven Morris


Vann "Piano Man" Walls: The Spirit of R&B is a film for anyone curious about the origins of rock and roll. Vann "Piano Man" Walls was a rhythm and blues pioneer. We follow Vann and several of his peers, including Dr. John, Ry Cooder, Gerry Wexler, Ahmet Ertegun, Ruth Brown and more, as we wade through his adventures of musical history and performance. From New York City to Montreal, the viewer takes an intimate voyage into the studio as Vann produces the final album of a career that spanned more than sixty-five years. Wrapped around this recording project is the story of his fascinating life and his lasting contribution to a musical form now heard all over the world.

Director Steven Morris will participate in a Q&A.

Screening with FEAR & DELIGHT (3 minutes), featuring The Correspondents.

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