MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) - The newest movie to hit the big screen at the Pink Palace's CTI Theater is all about "America's Musical Journey".
"How it's had an impact on not just our country, but the rest of the world. From blues up to Elvis and how he was affected by that, on up to modern day performers like Gloria Estefan and Aloe Blacc," says Tony Hardy, manager of the CTI theater at the Pink Palace.
It should come as no surprise that Memphis plays a big role in the film. Hardy says that the impact of music on our lives can sometimes be overlooked.
"In our daily lives and the grind of living and working and what you have to do, you really don't think about that much, but when you sit back and watch this film, it's like, wow," Hardy says. "There's a lot of really historical and culturally important things that come out of this community."
But it's more than just music. Popular Memphis attractions like The Arcade and groups like the Beale Street Flippers are also featured in the film.
"I wish there was more than there is, but what is there is very important and just represents this city well," says Hardy. "It's tailor made for the Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau."
With the movie playing in theaters around the globe, Hardy hopes Memphis' history can entertain and educate well beyond the walls of the Pink Palace.
"The reaction has been very positive. People have been very upbeat," says Hardy of the reviews so far. "I've actually had people leave the theater in tears and not for the wrong reasons. For the right reasons. Because it engaged them on that level."