Mr Nelson: On The North Side - Doc N Roll Festival

Mr Nelson: On The North Side -  Doc N Roll Festival

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  • Sun 7 Nov
  • 60 minutes
  • Director: Daniel Dor
  • USA (2021)


This screening will be followed by a DJ in Bar Paragon and a Skype Q&A with the director Daniel Dor (TBC).

Everyone knows the name. Few knew the man. Passionate fans idolized him. Fellow musicians were inspired by him. The world was intrigued by his flamboyance. But this consummate performer was a quiet soul who valued privacy. Unable to live “normally”, Prince Rogers Nelson expressed himself through poetry and music and ultimately rebuilt his own broken

family with fans, friends and fellow musicians as he fought to fashion a career on his own terms.

Mr Nelson: On the North Side uncovers the man behind the performer for the first time on film.

The journey to the top of the music industry was a challenge for the shy kid from a broken home; estranged from his musician father and abandoned by his mother, Prince first found security and encouragement in the homes of friends. And then, at a community centre called The Way, in a mixed-race neighborhood, Prince blossomed in a safe space designed for North Minneapolis’ youth, and had the opportunity to become a proficient musician by learning from some of the greatest players in the region. Spike Moss, a former boxer and community activist, organized and ran The Way and

would become Prince’s lifelong mentor.

Many voices make up this homage to Prince, both as a person and a performer. It captures renowned singers, songwriters and musicians who offer their personal stories of his generosity, professionalism and influence on their careers. Juxtaposed with friends, family and celebrity interviews, Mr Nelson: On the North Side also features stories from his fans, a community he referred to as “Fams”. Prince stayed personally connected with many of them, often trying out new music in private performances and involving them in small releases of single tracks or entire albums. His art embraced what it is to be human, and if you have ever loved a Prince song, you are already part of his family.