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The story

Filmed over the course of ten years, How Sweet the Sound is the first film to tell the story of this legendary gospel quartet. The Blind Boys of Alabama met as children in the 1930's at a state-run segregated vocational school and would become one of the last great gospel quartets, traversing the famed "gospel highway" and beyond. As the surviving band members recount their unlikely success story, we see a rare, frank view of life on and off the road with these renowned performers, now in their 70's and 80's. 

The Blind Boys of Alabama

Clarence Fountain

George Scott

Jimmy Carter

Bishop Billy Bowers

Ben Moore

Eric ‘Ricky’ McKinnie

Caleb ‘Bobby’ Butler

Tracy Pierce

Joey Williams

Johnny Fields

Roscoe Robinson


How Sweet the Sound is the first documentary feature by Leslie McCleave. Leslie's previous projects include the supernatural, environmental-awareness tale Road, a narrative feature film which won the Outstanding Performance Award at the Los Angeles Film Festival and was acquired by Showtime; the 9/11 documentary installation cedarliberty project (with Elena del Rivero), presented at International Center of Photography and the New York State Museum; and the award-winning short films Avenue X; Blixa Bargeld Stole My Cowboy Boots (starring Michael Imperioli); and Meeting Marty. Her work has received support from New York State Council on the Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts, Creative Capital Foundation, IFP Radziwill Documentary Fund, National Endowment for the Arts and the Sundance Institute.



Leslie McCleave


Directors of Photography

Teo Maniaci

Ismael Ramirez



Judy Karp



Ed Norris

Yvette Torell

Consulting Producer

Heidi Reinberg

Associate Producer
Laura Bayless

Picture Post

House of Trim


Audio Post

mediaNoise – Quentin Chiappetta

Audio Description

Woman of Her Word -- Michele Spitz

We are pleased to announce that How Sweet the Sound -- The Blind Boys of Alabama is available

with audio description for blind and vision impaired audiences. 


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