Miss Sharon Jones!
Miss Sharon Jones!
IDFA 2015

Miss Sharon Jones!

Barbara Kopple
United States
94 min
European Premiere
Festival history
Two-time Oscar winner Barbara Kopple follows the soul singer Sharon Jones from the moment she is diagnosed with pancreatic cancer to her first performance after her recovery. In one of the very first scenes all her hair gets shaved off. Jones’s manager postpones all promotional activities for the new album, and for the six-month duration of the chemotherapy she moves in with a dietician girlfriend. The members of her backup band The Dap-Kings see their incomes slump overnight, and the trumpeter decides to accept a well-paid job in talk show host Jimmy Fallon’s house band. At the lowest point during chemo, Jones even loses her eyebrows, but this gutsy woman – known as the female James Brown – gradually pulls herself back up again. She’s thrilled to be invited onto , and she shows off her bald head on the cover of with the headline “Soul Survivor.” After one more little setback, just five weeks after the end of her course of treatment, she’s back onstage dancing and singing: “I’m alive!” [At the premiere of in September of this year, Jones announced that the cancer had returned.]
World Sales
    Submarine Entertainment/Submarine Deluxe
    Submarine Entertainment/Submarine Deluxe
Screening copy
    Cabin Creek Films
    Cabin Creek Films