Skip to main content

DREAMLAND

USA, 1980 (MIFF 1981, New Directors)

Director: Oz Scott

Dreamland labels itself a film based on "the new sound of Gospel Rock" and is the true story of Joanne Crayton Joanne is the star of the Gospel Soul Children and she has the power to send her congregation into ecstasy. But she wants something more, a career where she can sing everything she feels inside her — blues, jazz, disco, gospel rock.

She takes on a new name, Lady B.J., for her new professional life But that new life is hard — she must struggle with her mother who wants her back singing in the church and who tells her that life on the road is too hard for a woman alone with a child. Her manager, however, has big plans for her, plans that don't include Henry, her brilliant, blind pianist who feels too much for her. The struggle for BJ's loyalty and affection erupts backstage in a dramatic confrontation on Mardi Gras night.

Dreamland is an excellent documentary/drama about a black woman singer on the fringe of success and the rather manipulative men in her life. But she's a woman who really can sing and the film's magnificent sound recording does full justice to her voice.

See also...

PERMANENT VACATION

Permanent Vacation is my first feature. It is a narrative which follows two and a half days in the lite of Aloysius Parker, a young wanderer with no home, no school, and no job. He has lived in all ... More »

New York Story

A surrealistic tale of a hotel in New York serves as a prologue to a more naturalistic story of a couple in Manhattan . where a wife sends her husband out to find her a young lover! ... More »

The Music of Erich Zann

The film is based on a short story by H. P. Lovecraft, American master of Gothic horror tales Set in late 1 9th century Paris, Zann follows the efforts of Charles Dexter Ward, a young American ... More »

Punk Poultry

Dancers costumed as chickens execute an aggressive punk routine to the music of ā€œIn the Mood". ... More »

LIAR'S DICE

Liar's Dice rests on an intriguingly elliptical plot by lead actress, Terry Eubanks-Makdissy From this, director Issam Makdissy has woven a loosely-knit fabric of shifting focus and thickening ... More »

Paul Robeson: Tribute to an Artist

Paul Robeson was a genius, yet generations of Americans have grown up without ever having heard his name His vocal opposition to racism and injustice at a time when society would not tolerate a black ... More »

Select a festival
Search The Film Archive
Browse By Director