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Directed by V. Scott Balcerek
80 min | 2018 | USA | Not Rated
Sterling Magee experienced firsthand the music industry’s exploitation of black musicians. So he walked away to play on the Harlem streets for “his people.” Reborn as Mr. Satan, he spread his gospel of joy. One of those he converted was a white kid named Adam, who gave up the ivory tower life to play alongside this streetwise guru. Their improbable bond made them a sensation, and their journey a tale of tragedy, survival and miraculous rebirth.
Satan & Adam is a celebration of the transformative power of music, and the bonds that develop when worlds collide and artists collaborate. Director V. Scott Balcerek pulls together over two decades of documentary footage to chart the duo’s friendship from busking in the streets of Harlem to bigger and bigger stages and to depict the challenges that both had to overcome to keep Satan & Adam together.
Winner: Grand Jury Prize–2018 Nashville Film Festival; Official Selection: 2018 Tribeca Film Festival