BASTARDS OF SOUL, the feature directorial debut from Paul Levatino, has its World Premiere at the Sun Valley Film Festival on Thursday, February 29th, 2024, at 8:00 PM MST at The Argyros Performing Arts Center, 120 S Main St, Ketchum, Idaho, 83340. Levatino will attend the festival in person along with co-producer Zack Tzourtzouklis.
“I’m incredibly excited for BASTARDS OF SOUL to have its World Premiere at the esteemed Sun Valley Film Festival. This deeply personal documentary pays tribute to the unyielding spirit of music and dreams captured through my intimate journey with the band. It’s an honor to share my debut documentary feature at a festival celebrated for its dedication to the art of storytelling and film.” – Paul Levatino stated
With over 27 years of experience in production and creative direction, Paul Levatino has rich storytelling expertise. He served as General Manager at Badu World/Control FreaQ Records for a decade, collaborating with Grammy® Award-winning artist Erykah Badu and leaving an indelible mark as a producer on projects like “Honey,” the Grammy® Award-nominated music video recognized for Best Direction at the BET, MTV, and VH1 Video Awards.
Levatino also played a pivotal role in the launch of EarthxTV in 2020, facilitating the platform’s growth into a global TV network as the Senior Vice President of Creative and Production. Working with environmental heroes like Princess Marie-Esméralda of Belgium, Jane Goodall, Robert Redford, Prince Albert II of Monaco, Jane Fonda, and Captain Paul Watson, Levatino directed and produced hundreds of hours of award-winning environmental content.
Currently, Levatino serves as General Manager, Executive Producer, and trusted collaborator to Pourri Founder Suzy Batiz. He secured one gold and two platinum Hermes Creative Awards for the Pourri Flip the Funk TV Campaign in 2022.
In the limelight of imminent global fame, the Texas band Bastards of Soul’s journey was marked by the unforeseen loss of their charismatic frontman, Chadwick Murray. BASTARDS OF SOUL captures the raw essence of the band’s final album sessions and the electrifying stage presence that defined them. The documentary also celebrates the enduring legacy of a man who achieved his dreams against all odds.
Formed by a collective of veteran Dallas musicians including bassist Danny Balis, keyboardist Chad Stockslager, guitarist Chris Holt, and drummer Matt Trimble, the soul/R&B band Bastards of Soul quickly emerged as a local favorite, led by powerhouse first-time frontman Chadwick Murray. They generated buzz at break-neck speed, signing with the Dallas-based Eastwood Music Group, recording, and releasing their 2021 debut “Spinnin’,” and playing packed theater shows with artists such as The Black Pumas and Kamasi Washington.
“You Let Me Down Again”
Bastards of Soul would only be able to record roughly 20 more songs before losing Murray to an unexpected illness. The band released two albums after Murray’s passing, “Corners in Spring” in 2022 and “Give it Right Back” in November 2023. “You Let Me Down Again” is the first single from that record, accompanied by an official video that features behind-the-scenes footage of studio sessions culled from the documentary, showcasing the band’s final days together before Murray’s passing.