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This award winning film premiered at the Telluride Film Festival, opened the Denver Film Festival and was broadcast on series, The American Experience.

Layered and nuanced, George Nierenberg’s films all tend to cover more than just their apparent subject matter. THAT RHYTHM...THOSE BLUES is noted for its treatment of the early days of the civil rights movement, as experienced in the music industry. The African-American music know as Rhythm and Blues helped break down racial barriers of segregation at a time when Jim Crow law were the norm in the US: R&B music had grown out of the traditional blues and gospel. In the 1940s, R&B spread through live performance because white-owned radio stations refused to play the music. By the mid 50's, Rock & Roll, merely a white hybrid of Rhythm and Blue,s became the major strand in American popular music, generating a multi-million dollar industry for almost all involved…except the singers who started it all.

Directed & Produced by George Nierenberg

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GEORGE NIERENBERG (Producer/ Director) is an acclaimed filmmaker whose career has spanned the worlds of network, cable and international television, and independent non-fiction features. He’s received an Emmy nomination for directing That Rhythm...Those…


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GEORGE NIERENBERG (Producer/ Director) is an acclaimed filmmaker whose career has spanned the worlds of network, cable and international television, and independent non-fiction features. He’s received an Emmy nomination for directing That Rhythm...Those Blues for the PBS series The American Experience and an Emmy for No Maps on My Taps.

His television experience is extensive. He has produced, directed and developed projects for CBS, NBC, ABC, AMC, Bravo, PBS, Nickelodeon, Cinemax, Sony BMG, Reader’s Digest and National Geographic's Explorer.
Nierenberg was enlisted as a producer to launch Saturday Night with Connie Chung on CBS and Day One on ABC. He also served as a consultant, overseeing the non-fiction programming at Lifetime Television and as a consultant to the Associated Press, helping to oversee the video production done by their still photographers.

For VH1’s Hard Rock Live, he directed portraits of popular musical artists. For American Movie Classics he created Gotta Dance!, a two-part pilot series on ballroom dancing. He created a series pilot for TNN, Adventure Chef, an hour TV special for Walt Disney and Bravo, Head of the Class: The Lion King, and the one-hour season opener for the series Paramedics on TLC and At The Chef’s Table for PBS. Nierenberg’s music interests led him to work with Sony BMG, completing two DualDisc projects: Bill Withers’ Just As I Am and Neil Diamond’s The Jazz Singer.

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