The 4K restoration of the great Gospel documentary

by George T. Nierenberg opens September 6, 2019!

One of the most acclaimed music documentaries of all time, Say Amen, Somebody is George Nierenberg’s masterpiece — a joyous, funny, deeply emotional celebration of African American culture, featuring the father of Gospel, Thomas A. Dorsey (“Precious Lord, Take My Hand”); its matron, Mother Willie Mae Ford Smith; and earth-shaking performances by the Barrett Sisters and the O’Neal Twins. When it was first released in the early 1980s, the film received an overwhelming critical response, garnering rave reviews around the world.

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“One of the most joyful movies I’ve ever seen.” 
— Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

“The film’s mood is never less than marvelously infectious.”
— Richard Schickel, Time 

“The music conquers doubt and unhappiness, and when it ends, you feel healed.”
— David Denby, New York Magazine

Unseen in cinemas for nearly thirty years, Say Amen, Somebody has been gorgeously restored to 4K by Milestone with support from the National Museum of African American History and Culture and the Academy Film Archive. The new restoration features brilliantly restored Dolby Stereo and 5.1 soundtracks!

A Milestone Film release. A GTN Pictures Production. Produced and Directed by George T. Nierenberg. Editor: Paul Barnes. Directors of Photography: Ed Lachman and Don Lenzer.  Sound: Danny Michael, John Hampton and Neelon Crawford. Featuring Willie Mae Ford Smith, Thomas A. Dorsey, Sallie Martin, Delois Barret Campbell and the Barrett Sisters, The O’Neal Twins and Zella Jackson Price. Film to 4K digital restoration by Metropolis Post. Audio Restoration and 5.1 Sound by Audio Mechanics. Restoration Produced by Milestone Film & Video and the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture and Academy Film Archive, with funding by the Robert F. Smith Fund Professional Curation Project and Academy Film Archive. Restoration supervised by George T. Nierenberg.