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SU 19 Festival Film | Teddy Pendergrass: If You Don't Know Me (Midwest Premier)

  • Bryant Lake Bowl 810 West Lake Street Minneapolis, MN, 55408 United States (map)

Screening date: Sat. November 17, 2018
Time: 6:00 PM
Venue: Bryant Lake Bowl
Cost: $12 in advance / $14 at the door
Category: Midwest Premier
Run Time/Year/Country: 106 min, 2018, UK
Director: Olivia Lichtenstein

Sponsored by Moxy Hotel, Bryant Lake Bowl, KFAI Radio

Director Olivia Lichtenstein will be in attendance


Teddy Pendergrass rose to fame after landing a gig with Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes. Initially the group’s drummer, Teddy’s striking baritone voice, and undeniable presence quickly moved him to the group’s front man, responsible for such unforgettable hits like “Don’t Leave Me This Way,” “If You Don’t Know Me By Now,” “Love T.K.O,” and “Close the Door.” Striking out on his own, Teddy was an instant success, becoming one of the most in-demand performers in the world as well as the first male African American artist to record five consecutive platinum albums in the US. Poised to become the biggest R&B artist of all time, Teddy’s career was threatened when he suffered a tragic accident, leaving him paralyzed from the chest down and changing his life forever. Featuring interviews with Teddy’s family and friends, as well as industry legends including Stevie Wonder, Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, and rarely seen archival footage, Teddy Pendergrass: If You Don't Know Me is not only a tribute to the career and life of Teddy Pendergrass, but an affirmation of the power of perseverance, courage, and triumph over adversity.