A new documentary feature film on the life and music of Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings will debut at next month’s Toronto International Film Festival. Directed by two-time Academy Award winner Barbara Kopple, Miss Sharon Jones will focus on the modern soul legend’s perseverance through pancreatic cancer, cancelled tour dates, album delays and medical treatment. Jones was diagnosed with cancer in June 2013, a setback she ultimately overcame as she returned to live touring in November of that year. Soon after, her sixth LP Give The People What They Want was released to wide critical acclaim.
The new film was officially announced Monday in a posting by a just-established official Facebook page. Miss Sharon Jones was produced by Kopple, Dave Cassidy and Kopple’s documentary company, Cabin Creek Films.
RealScreen reported the documentary’s prime placement at TIFF–news that was confirmed by the film’s just-created. An official Twitter page. At present additional details (including a preview trailer) have yet to be divulged. Kopple is one of the most renowned documentarians in cinema, having directed dozens of films and won Oscars for both 1976’s Harlan County, USA and 1991’s American Dream.