Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown

Jigsaw Productions, Jagged Films and Inaudible Films   |   USA

Charting his journey from rhythm and blues to funk, Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown features rare and previously unseen footage, interviews and photographs chronicling the musical ascension of "the hardest working man in show business," from his first hit, "Please, Please, Please," in 1956 to his iconic performances at the Apollo Theater, the T.A.M.I. Show, the Paris Olympia and more. Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown features rare and previously unseen archival footage that were believed to be lost. The film benefited from the unique cooperation of the Brown estate, which opened its archives for the first time. In addition, researchers worked closely with many local archives, libraries and state archives to unearth never before seen footage including film of the historic "March Against Fear". Our comprehensive research and unique finds makes this documentary a great fit for the FOCAL International Awards for Best use of Footage.