Testimonials 2018-02-21T12:19:13+00:00

“The rich musical legacy of Memphis shines bright in Take Me to the River. By bringing historic legends together with contemporary stars, the film becomes much more than a documentary – it’s a testament to the power of rock and roll. While it often seems like so many things in today’s world divides us, it’s incredibly powerful to bear witness to music’s ability to truly connect us.”

– Jason Hanley, Vice President of Education and Visitor Engagement, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

“Thanks again for an INCREDIBLE day at the Museum! You guys were amazing and we look forward to having you here again. I keep hearing everyone in the community talking about how awesome the performance and film were and how educational it all was. The students had so much fun and were fully engaged the whole time. And our audience hasn’t stopped talking about how much they enjoyed the show.”

– Jane Marie Dawkins, Education & Public Programs Manager, GRAMMY Museum Mississippi

“The rich musical legacy of the Mississippi Delta and Memphis is celebrated in Take Me to the River…a vibrant documentary about the making of an album of the same title. Glimpses of players teaching students from the Stax Music Academy are inspiring.”

– New York Times

“I would like to thank Berklee College of Music (City Music) and the Take Me To The River film makers and actors for the extraordinary presentation during the Columbus City Schools’ first Professional Development day of the 2017-18 school year. Your presentations were not only engaging and professional, but they were really relevant to the students-centered nature of connecting music and art to society.”

– Milton V. Ruffin, Ph.D., Principal/Director, Fort Hayes Metropolitan Education Center

“Take Me to the River is a broad cinematic opus that’s equal parts historical portrait, socio-political discourse, behind-the-scenes dissection of a session, and multi-generational celebration of achievement.”

– Nashville Scene

“A musical celebration and Memphis history lesson filled with legendary artists new and old…”              

– Billboard

“As a student, I really enjoyed seeing the interaction between the older and young musicians. They were both learning from each other and that also inspired me. Now I understand how important it is to connect with older musicians so I can learn more.”

– L. Elzein, Student

“As an educator, we crave content that cover both historical and contemporary context. Take Me To The River provides lesson plans that everyone can relate to. Even my students who typically showed no interest are asking questions and are getting involved.”

– A. Harris, Instructor, Los Angeles

“It’s really a great tool to demonstrate the correlation between social studies, social awareness and music. My students are learning a refreshing way to exercise their voice and creativity.”

– T. Ollanik, Instructor, Los Angeles

“There was so much [music] I heard and never knew where it came from. It felt like they were playing from their soul and that’s the kind of musician I want to be.”

– C. Blount, Student

“We use the Take Me To The River lesson plan on Berklee PULSE. My students are gaining more knowledge through being involved in the use of technology and are more willing to apply it.”

– J. Pacheco, Instructor, Los Angeles

Thank you for the fabulous collaboration in bringing TMTTR to the San Domenico community. Parents and kids are still talking about what a great night it was and I hope you and your team enjoyed it as much as we did. What a terrific group of guys! Always a pleasure to see and work with you!!!

– Kimberly Pinkson, San Domenico School

What a wonderful evening we enjoyed with you, appreciating “Take Me to the River” and so much more. The messages of community and the passing on of the values and tradition threaded throughout the movie, reminding me of our endeavors for San Domenico and our students too, you captured the feelings of all the greats, and we were able to absorb it too. Thank you immensely for Saturday night and for all you do for us

– Sister Gervaise Valpey, San Domenico School

Thank you for showing your wonderful doc with the students at Drake High School. The Q and A (and group photo) with you was amazing! We appreciate your willingness to discuss the art and craft of filmmaking with students.

– Melanie Nichols, CFI Education Manager

Thank you, Martin for everything you do. Your event for us in Folsom is still the talk of the town.

– Sacramento Blues in the Schools