South Florida has been home to several music movements throughout the years, from 2 Live Crew and Miami bass to the Latin sounds of freestyle. But there may be one you don’t know about. In the mid-60s, Miami had a burgeoning soul scene to rival Motown in Detroit or Stax in Memphis. Started by producers Johnny Pearsall and Willie Clarke, Deep City Records was home to artists including Clarence Reid, Betty Wright, and Paul Kelly. While they may not be household names, all three had hit songs. Deep City was the first black-owned label in the state of Florida; unfortunately, artistic disagreements eventually led to its demise. Deep City: The Birth of Miami Sound is a fascinating look at a forgotten portion of American music history. Now, several decades later, the label’s inspiring story is finally getting the attention it deserves.  –Cleveland International Film Festival

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Saturday, June 7, 4:30 PM, Michigan Theater
Sunday, June 8, 2:00 PM, Detroit Film Theater at the DIA

57 min
Not rated
Year: 2014
Country: US
Language: English
Festivals: Cleveland, SXSW
Director: Marlon Johnson (co-director), Dennis Scholl (co-director),
Chad Tingle
Screenwriter: Dennis Scholl
Cast: Willie J Clarke, Helene Smith, Clarence Reid, Jeff Lemlich