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Charles Bradley: Soul of America


"Charles Bradley: Soul of America" captures the extraordinary late in life rise of 62 year old aspiring soul singer Charles Bradley, whose debut album, "No Time For Dreaming," took him from a hard life of poverty, homelessness and tragedy and rocketed him onto Rolling Stone magazine’s top 50 albums of 2011. This documentary follows Charles from his 62nd birthday through the electrifying and transformative months leading up to his unprecedented debut, world tour and ultimate triumph over an impossible dream 48 years in the making.


Director(s): Poull Brien

Executive Producer(s): Alexander Brough

Producer(s): Alexander Brough

Cinematographer: Stuart McCardle

Editor(s): Adriana Pacheco, Stuart McCardle, Poull Brien

Sound Designer: Martin Czembor

Music: Charles Bradley and the Menahan Street Band

Additional Credits: Additional Camera: John Taws, Jon Chen, Poull Brien, Zachary Halberd, Austin Paley, Co-Producers: Sam Connelly, Ovasen Post Production

Director Bio


"Charles Bradley: Soul of America" marks Poull Brien's feature film directorial debut. Brien's extensive work as a director of shorts, commercials and music videos has been featured at SXSW, the Tribeca Film Festival and on IFC, VH1 and Current TV; this includes Bradley's breakout hit video for "The World".


Public Film Contact

Poull Brien
Sum of Us, LLC
225 South 3rd St. #10


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