From GRAMMY Magazine, the Recording Academy In Your Community, winter 2006..."Docs that Rock, Music-themed Documentaries Are Hotter Than Ever" Top 16 must see music films.
So Glad I Made It: the saga of Roger Salloom, America's best unknown songwriter," by film-maker Chris Sautter. The story of singer/songwriter Roger Salloom and his struggle to revive his career.
"The documentary boom is helping play a role in preserving the rich history of music and giving voice to some of music's most compelling cultural stories." Salloom's So Glad I Made It...is one of the films capturing the importance and diversity of this growing genre.
'An Evening with Roger Salloom'
A unique movie and music experience
The award-winning documentary,
So Glad I Made It, the Saga of Roger Salloom, America's Best Unknown Songwriter
plus an intimate acoustic set and question and answer
session with Roger Salloom himself. Director Chris Sautter will join the
post-screening discussion (if scheduling permits).
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The Chris Sautter documentary,
So Glad I Made It, the saga of Roger Salloom, America's
Best Unknown Songwriter, has screened to rave reviews
for NARAS in New York at the Tribeca Cinema, the Belcourt
Cinema in Nashville, TN, at various theaters including The
Academy of Music, Northampton, MA, The Regent Theater, Arlington
MA, The Indiana Historical Society, Indianapolis IN, among
others and has won the numerous awards and rave reviews. Also, the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (The Grammy Awards) has screened the film in New York City and Nashville in collaboration with their area chapter offices.
The film, was named "Best Documentary"
at Spudfest Music & Film Festival in Teton Valley/Jackson
Hole Wyoming and the Reelheart IFF. It also won the Providence
Award at the prestigious Rhode Island International Film
Festival and received Honorable Mention for Best Documentary
at the New York International Independent Film & Video Festival
in Las Vegas.
"...The writing talent of Dylan or Guthrie...musical genius...hilarious and tragic, kindhearted and careless, all the complexities of a real human being."
- IMDb (Earth's biggest music data base)
"The reason why some people
value art is that it somehow speaks to the joy and struggle
that is inherent in all of life. I found him to be extraordinarily
open and honest in the course of this film, beyond what
I expected." - Chris Sautter, the director of 'So Glad I Made It'
"It's wonderful to hear Salloom
sing his tunes. More than a biography, 'So Glad' also seeks
to indict the recording business for its short-sightedness
and inability to nurture talent." - Julie E. Washington, Cleveland Plain Dealer
"Superb storyteller with a great
sense of timing and the music is incredibly infectious." - Rolling Stone Magazine
"It's the kind of film that
you don't forget." - Brian Goslow, Worcester Magazine
"Singer/songwriter Roger Salloom
may be the definition of an underground superstar." - IndianapolisMusic.Net
"There's a lot of music in the
film -- and it all sounds phenomenal - the film is enveloping." - Dan Oppenheimer, The Valley Advocate
"Luckily for me as a film reviewer,
I am forced to watch movies that come across my desk; many
of them gems that I many not have noticed otherwise. 'So
Glad I Made It' is definitely one of those films. Most poignant,
however, is the warm way Roger describes the financial hardships
and struggles between fame and fatherhood he had to overcome
as a single parent raising two small sons. It is this side
of Roger that brings us close to understanding a neurotic,
gentle soul who weaves his experiences, ideas, and emotions
into simple, yet profound songs beautiful enough to rival
his infectious smile." - Joanne Casale, Motif
***1/2 (out of a possible 4*)
"Salloom is an eccentric singer-songwriter who decades ago
had several brushes with potential stardom but never quite
made it. Now, after 20 years out of the music biz, Salloom
decides to give it another shot. Problem is, it's harder
than ever to get that big break. That Salloom deserves stardom
(after hearing him, you1ll see what I mean,) makes his story
all the more compelling and poignant." - Tim Miller, Cape Cod Times
"Sautter's film, .... uses genuineness
and the unpredictability of cinema verite to explain not
just why Salloom never played The Tonight Show, but to capture
something more profound. It is a portrait of the way creativity
can both lighten and burden a soul. It confers a blessing
on a generation for whom music was a deeply liberating force.
His (Roger's) is an intimate world. Sautter tries to suggest
in these images how much the songwriter values - and trusts
- ordinary places and experiences. What lingers, after the
credits roll, isn't disappointment. It is the warmth of
Salloom's personality, the beauty of his music and smile
and the wonder of a man who always knew what made him happy." - Larry Parnass, The Daily Hampshire Gazette
"What a wonderful documentary!" - The Las Vegas Arts & Entertainment Corner