Produced by Ray Allen & Ashley James
Directed & Photographed by Ashley James
A feature-length documentary about the re-nowned black gospel quartet, the Dixie Hummingbirds. For nearly seventy years the “Birds” have been one of the most important groups in gospel and a major influence in the development of American pop music and R&B.
WE LOVE YOU LIKE A ROCK includes recollections with Hummingbird devotees such as Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder, and the Temptations with footage of the Birds performances and intimate practice sessions. Candid interviews with the singers along with vintage television clips and photographs round out this rare and telling portrait of the one of America’s greatest musical legends, the last of a generation of artists who provided the very foundation for black music in the U.S. today.
“Ashley James’ joyful documentary works both as a portrait of the legendary Birds and parable about the simple rewards of faith.”
Eddie Dean – Washington Post
“SUPERB… A warm, human portrait of the group, one guaranteed to generate personal admiration, deep under-standing of American musical history and an evening of spirited music.”
Northwest Film Center – Portland Art Museum
“JOYOUS! …channels it’s audience to new inspirational heights”
Dennis Harvey – Variety
“ROUSING! If this program doesn’t stir your soul, you’re in serious trouble.”
Walter Addiego – San Francisco Examiner