Sept. 03--The life, music, and legend of Otis Redding is the subject of a new British television documentary that will make its U.S. debut with a special screening at the Stax Museum of American Soul Music on Monday.
The film, "Otis Redding: Soul Ambassador", was directed by Jeremy Marre for the British Broadcasting Company, and uses previously unseen home movies to trace the arc of Redding's all-too-brief 26 years. The film focuses on Redding's final triumphant months, including his 1967 tour of the U.K. and his appearance at the Monterey Pop Festival, before his tragic death in a plane crash.
The film promises "rare and unseen performances, intimate interviews with Otis' wife Zelma Redding and daughter Karla Redding-Andrews, and with original band members Steve Cropper and Booker T. Jones." Fellow music celebrities -- Rod Stewart, Tom Jones, Elton John and Bryan Ferry -- also appear.
Admission to the Stax screening of "Otis Redding: Soul Ambassador" is free. There will be two screenings: one at 6 p.m. and another at 7:15. Doors open at 5:45 p.m. Seating is limited and on a first-come first-served basis.
For more information go to staxmuseum.com or call 901-946-2535.
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