"They said I was too fat, too black, too short and too old," said Sharon Jones. "Well look at me now!"
The "100 Days, 100 Nights" R&B and soul star has been compared to James Brown, Mavis Staples, and a human dynamo. She’s been strutting her stuff for more than 20 years (and before that, working blue collar jobs - she was a corrections officer on Rikers Island), but she only started getting her due in the last five or six years. And then, when she finally seemed to have cracked the big time at the age of 57, Jones was diagnosed with stage II pancreatic cancer. But there is another adjective people used in connection with Sharon Jones: indomitable.
After months of chemo, with a new recording to promote and tour with her band, the Dap-Kings, Jones is determined to get back on the road and prove she’s still got what it takes…
Directed by legendary documentarian Barbara Kopple (Harlan County, USA), Miss Sharon Jones! is part music film, part cancer survival story, and 100% soul.
"Empowering portrait of female strength and resilience." Leslie Felperin, Hollywood Reporter
"Rousing… If ever a movie earned its exclamation point, Miss Sharon Jones! would be it. Defiant, boisterous and possessed of rare performative fire while fronting the Dap-Kings (her Bushwick combo of bearded classic-soul throwbacks), Jones tears a hole in the screen whenever she’s yowling out her pain." Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York
"The movie paints a lovely portrait of the people who became Jones’s support group, from the young, white hipsters in her band to an old friend in South Carolina who took her in during her treatment. But the life force of the film is the music, a periodic challenge to keep on keeping on." JR Jones, Chicago Reader