V/A feat. Jon Spencer – Agile, Mobile, Hostile: A Year With Andre Williams (DVD, US)

19 March 2010 Project Lab
01. Feature Film
DVD edition of Agile, Mobile, Hostile: A Year With Andre Williams issued as a DVDR (manufactured on demand) and available via agilemobilehostile.com.

The film includes footage of Andre Williams recording with Jon Spencer and Matt Verta-Ray (and a short interview with Jon Spencer).

The recording sessions featured in this documentary were released on the album Andre Williams & The Sadies – Night & Day (LP / CD).

“Andre Williams has written and recorded a number of landmark hit songs and has worked with legends of the industry: Berry Gordy, Ike Turner and Stevie Wonder to name just a few. Andre has also struggled throughout his life with addiction, poverty, homelessness and the legal system.

Andre says, “I’m going to show you or try to show you the right way, because I’ve gone so many wrong ways”. With this statement the man known as ‘Mr Rhythm’ takes us along a fascinating, funny and distressing journey.

Andre doesn’t always go “the right way” and this leads to tenuous relationships with friends, family and business partners, time in jail, eviction from his “old folks home” and subsequent struggle to pay for his room at the “Hotel 6″ where he lives between tours.

From March of 2006 to July of 2007, directors Tricia Todd and Eric Matthies followed the charismatic underground recording artist Andre Williams through his day-to-day existence. For Andre, this could mean rehearsing for a show in Chicago, recording with Jon Spencer in Michigan, performing for enthusiastic fans in Croatia, doing a radio interview in Serbia or marching in a Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans.

Throughout his 72 years, Andre has never stopped driving his creative visions forward, regardless of cost of consequences. The consequences turn out to be severe as Andre’s addictive history catches up with him. Ultimately doing the right thing could be the choice between life and death for a musician who is perpetually on the cusp of newfound success.

Agile, Mobile, Hostile is a feature length documentary as told by Andre Williams with input from Jon Spencer, John Sinclair, Don Waller, Johnnie Bassett, Margaret Doll Rod and others. A year with Andre will leave you feeling agile, mobile and hostile.”

Director: Tricia Todd

Producer: Eric Matthies
Producer: Tricia Todd

Executive Producer: AJ Schnack

Director of Photography: Eric Matthies

Camera Operator: Eric Matthies
Camera Operator: Bradley Sellers
Camera Operator: Tricia Todd

Editor: Michelle Harrison

On-line Editor: Sean McAllen
Assistant Editor: Toi Juan Shannon

Composer: Winter Lazerus
Visual Effects: Scott Kinsey