Last year, HBO purchased the distribution rights at SXSW to Mavis!, a new documentary about the life, career and struggles of Civil-Rights activists and Soul/R&B singer Mavis Staples. This week, we got to watch the first trailer for the TV movie, which features some great archival live and recording footage of the performer as well as interviews with other artists. There are a number of cameos in this documentary, just like her upcoming 2016 album, Livin' on a High Note. Read more on the album details here and check out this trailer below.
First-time documentary director Jessica Edwards takes on the life of Staples, showing die-hard fans a side of the singer that has never really been seen in the public eye. Check out the trailer to get a taste:
This documentary airs on HBO February 29 at 9pm ET/8pm CT.
Check out the documentary's synopsis from HBO right here (via Slash Film):
Mavis! is the first feature documentary on gospel/soul music legend and civil rights icon Mavis Staples and her family group, The Staple Singers. From the freedom songs of the '60s and hits like I'll Take You There in the '70s, to funked-up collaborations with Prince and her recent albums with Wilco's Jeff Tweedy, Mavis has stayed true to her roots, kept her family close, and inspired millions along the way. Featuring powerful live performances, rare archival footage, and conversations with friends and contemporaries including Bob Dylan, Prince, Bonnie Raitt, Levon Helm, Jeff Tweedy, Chuck D, and more, MAVIS! reveals the struggles, successes, and intimate stories of her journey. At 75, she's making the most vital music of her career, winning Grammy awards, and reaching a new generation of fans. Her message of love and equality is needed now more than ever.