I SING BECAUSE I'M FREE: THE BLIND BOYS OF ALABAMA (in production)
The Blind Boys of Alabama met at the Talladega School for the Negro Deaf and Blind in the late 1930s - an era that condemned blacks as second-class citizens. The young boys formed a gospel quartet and went on the road. They performed throughout the Civil Rights Movement and 50 years after Martin Luther King Jr.’s ‘I have a Dream’ speech they are still performing- over 200 nights a year. They've won five Grammys, a Lifetime Achievement Award, four Gospel Music Association Awards, have been inducted into the Gospel Hall of Fame, and have sung at the White House for three different presidents.
The film explores their journey from the blind school to present day, as it parallels what they witnessed and participated in during the shifting politics that characterized the United States through their seven decade career.