The FilmMore Grand Theater (Formerly Yoshis)
1330b Fillmore | San Francisco, CA 94115
Teddy Pendergrass – If You Don’t Know Me
GET TICKET Total Runtime: 1:46:00 Olivia Lichtenstein 01:46:00 The inspiring story of Teddy Pendergrass, who was poised to be the greatest soul singer of all time. His was the immortal voice of Don’t Leave Me This Way, The Love I Lost and Close the Door. He was also the first black male artist to have five consecutive platinum albums in the US, before a devastating accident changed his life forever. Featuring interviews with his family, friends and colleagues including Philadelphia soul legends Kenny Gamble & Leon Huff, rare archive footage and a superb soundtrack, this revealing and poignant documentary charts the life of Teddy Pendergrass. His rise to fame within the complexities of 1960s America, his tragic fall and his triumphant comeback.
Director Biography – Olivia Lichtenstein
Olivia Lichtenstein is a BAFTA, Grierson and RTS award-winning documentary filmmaker. At the BBC, she was editor of the BBC ONE flagship documentary strand, Inside Story where she commissioned over a hundred single documentaries in addition to numerous other documentary series. She is now a partner at independent production company, Storyvault Films. Her own recent films include Prince Philip at 90; Twins of the Twin Towers, Broadmoor; Melvyn Bragg – Wigton to Westminster and feature length theatrical documentary, Teddy Pendergrass: If You Don’t Know Me.
I felt a real compulsion to make this film. Teddy Pendergrass was a uniquely talented artist who doesn’t have the legacy he deserves. He was on the verge of “crossing over” (this absurd distinction between white music and black music) when a tragic accident rendered him quadriplegic. I hope that the film will attract existing fans and bring Pendergrass’ story and music to a new generation. The way he sings is so authentic it can’t fail to touch you, whatever your age and whatever generation you are from. I hope is he’ll get to “crossover” now, with the film.