Cissy Houston – Sweet Inspiration
A portrait of a remarkable musical artist who “sings both sides”. Cissy Houston may be belting out gutbucket rhythm and blues in a smoky bar at midnight on Saturday, but at dawn on Sunday she is back in church wailing with her gospel choir. We follow Cissy into the studio with David Bowie, onstage for a reunion with her legendary 60s R&B group, The Sweet Inspirations, and singing with her daughter, the late Whitney Houston, as well as into New Hope Baptist Church for an emotional gospel service where Cissy leads her soaring choir. “Cissy Houston–Sweet Inspiration” also features Aretha Franklin, Dionne Warwick, Luther Vandross, Tom Dowd, and Atlantic Records producers, Jerry Wexler, Arif Mardin, and Tom Down, commenting on the Gold Age of Soul and the complicated relationship between sacred and secular music in the Black community.
PBS National Broadcast
American Film & Video Festival
San Francisco International Film Festival
National Education Film & Video Festival
Production Funding provided by The American Film Institute and The National Endowment for the Arts