7:15 pm  |  1 hr 20 min | $7/$5 members

Mavis! is the first feature documentary on gospel/soul music legend and civil rights icon Mavis Staples and her family group, The Staple Singers. From the freedom songs of the ’60s and hits like I’ll Take You There in the ’70s, to funked-up collaborations with Prince and her recent albums with Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy, Mavis has stayed true to her roots, kept her family close, and inspired millions along the way.

Featuring powerful live performances, rare archival footage, and conversations with friends and contemporaries including Bob Dylan, Prince, Bonnie Raitt, Levon Helm, Jeff Tweedy, Chuck D, and more, MAVIS! reveals the struggles, successes, and intimate stories of her journey. At 75, she’s making the most vital music of her career, winning Grammy awards, and reaching a new generation of fans. Her message of love and equality is needed now more than ever.

The Staple Singers
Jeff Tweedy
Chuck D
Julian Bond
Bonnie Raitt
Bob Dylan
Levon Helm
Marty Stuart
Al Bell
Steve Cropper
Sharon Jones


One of the best music documentaries of this decade. — Paste MagazineAmong a collection of stand-out biographies that premiered at South by Southwest, Mavis! was the feel-good star, a story of survival, family, change and adapting to it.

— Billboard



A spirited and captivating bio-doc that richly deserves the exclamation point in its title. — Variety



An expansive and inspiring portrait of singer and civil rights pioneer Mavis Staples.

—Washington Post


SXSW 2015 – Talk of the festival

— New York Times





Mavis! – Documentary Trailer from Film First on Vimeo.