Uploaded on Jan 11, 2012
[BlackTree TV - Los Angeles] Jamaal Finkley sits down with Keke Palmer and Jeremy Jordan to talk about the making of Joyful Noise.
The small town of Pacashau, Georgia, has fallen on hard times, but the people are counting on the Divinity Church Choir to lift their spirits by
winning the National Joyful Noise Competition. The choir has always known how to sing in harmony, but the discord between its two leading ladies now
threatens to tear them apart. Their newly appointed director, Vi Rose Hill (Latifah), stubbornly wants to stick with their tried-and-true traditional style,
while the fiery G.G. Sparrow (Parton) thinks tried-and-true translates to tired-and-old.
Shaking things up even more is the arrival of G.G.'s rebellious grandson, Randy (Jeremy Jordan). Randy has an ear for music, but he also
has an eye for Vi Rose's beautiful and talented daughter, Olivia (Keke Palmer), and the sparks between the two teenagers are causing even more
friction between G.G. and Vi Rose.
If these two strong-willed women can put aside their differences for the good of the people in their town, they—and their choir—may make the
most joyful noise of all.
Starring with Latifah and Parton are Keke Palmer ("Akeelah and the Bee"), Courtney B. Vance ("Extraordinary Measures"), Jeremy Jordan
(Broadway's "Bonnie and Clyde"), and Kris Kristofferson ("Dolphin Tale"). Rounding out the main cast are Dexter Darden, Angela Grovey, Paul Woolfolk
and Jesse L. Martin.
Todd Graff ("Camp", "Bandslam") directed "Joyful Noise" from his original screenplay. The film is produced by Oscar® nominee Michael
Nathanson ("L.A. Confidential"), Joseph Farrell, Catherine Paura, and Oscar® nominees Broderick Johnson and Andrew A. Kosove ("The Blind Side").
The executive producers are Timothy M. Bourne, Queen Latifah and Shakim Compere, with Yolanda T. Cochran and Steven P. Wegner serving as co-
The behind-the-scenes team includes cinematographer David Boyd, production designer Jeff Knipp, editor Kathryn Himoff and costume
designer Tom Broecker. Five-time Grammy Award winner Mervyn Warren composed the score.
The musically driven story also brings together the sounds of gospel, pop, country, rock and R & B with memorable songs, performed by the
cast, from a wide range of artists, including Michael Jackson, Usher, Chris Brown, Paul McCartney, Sly & the Family Stone and Stevie Wonder. Dolly
Parton also wrote original songs for the film, including "Not Enough," "From Here to the Moon and Back" and "He's Everything."
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