Last week, Hollywood Shuffle told you about a new documentary
, Thunder Soul
, featuring Houston's legendary late-'60s/early-'70s funky high schoolers, the Kashmere Stage Band. The director, Mark Landsman, is currently in Austin prepping for the world premier of the movie at SXSW Film.
A couple of years ago, Landsman, a film director from Chicago, was listening to NPR in his Los Angeles office when he heard a story about the KSB. (Absolutely worth a listen, here, including MP3s of performances.)
"I was just blown away," Landsman said. "They were interviewing [late bandleader) Conrad Johnson, and he was talking about the band's CD release."
Landsman, who typically directs feature films, was looking for a new idea to bring to producers. "I thought this would make a good movie. So I just started calling every Conrad Johnson in the Houston and phone book," he says. "I got in touch with one guy and said 'I just heard you on the radio,' and he said 'No, you just heard my dad.'"