Satan & Adam

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A celebration of the transformative power of music, and the bonds that develop when artists collaborate and worlds collide, the film follows Satan & Adam, a blues duo and a fixture on Harlem’s sidewalks in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Director V. read more
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A celebration of the transformative power of music, and the bonds that develop when artists collaborate and worlds collide, the film follows Satan & Adam, a blues duo and a fixture on Harlem’s sidewalks in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Director V. Scott Balcerek pulls together over two decades of documentary footage to chart the duo’s trajectory from busking in the streets of Harlem, where they were happened upon by U2 who were filming for their Rattle and Hum documentary, to bigger and bigger stages, depicting the challenges that both had to overcome to keep Satan & Adam and their friendship together. Playing for years with artists including James Brown, KingCurtisand Big Maybelle, Sterling Magee experienced the music industry’s exploitation of black musicians firsthand. So he walked away to play on the Harlem streets for “his people.” Reborn as Satan, he spread his gospel of freedom and became a New York City legend. When a white Jewish Ivy league scholar and musician named Adam Gussow asked if he could join him one day, both their lives took a powerful turn. Adam put aside the ivory tower life to play in the streets, and Sterling's embrace of his younger apprentice forged a sound that thrust him back in the spotlight. But life on the road took its toll on the duo, and suddenly Sterling vanished without a trace. The separation would test both men’s courage, and their journey to find each other again a tale of tragedy, survival and miraculous rebirth.

Original Release

07/12/2018

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Cast

The Edge Himself
Harry Shearer Himself
Al Sharpton Himself
Sterling Magee Sterling Magee / Mr. Satan
Rachel Faro Herself
Adam Gussow Himself
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Scott Balcerek

Writers

Scott Balcerek, Ryan Suffern

Cast

The Edge Himself
Harry Shearer Himself
Al Sharpton Himself
Sterling Magee Sterling Magee / Mr. Satan
Rachel Faro Herself
Adam Gussow Himself

Producers

Brendan J. Byrne Executive Producer
Daniel Cantagallo Executive Producer
Matt Ippolito Executive Producer
Bryn Mooser Executive Producer
Hayley Pappas Executive Producer
David Piperni Executive Producer
Corey Russell Executive Producer
George Antonopoulos Producer
Scott Balcerek Producer
Alex Bowen Producer
Eu-Hua Chua Producer
Gregory Joseph Daniels Producer
Everett Hendler Producer
Brian Joe Producer
Frank Marshall Producer
J.R. Mitchell Producer
David Munro Producer
Jeffrey Pollack Producer
Smiley Stevens Producer
Ryan Suffern Producer

Editors

Scott Balcerek, J.R. Mitchell, Martin Singer

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