2014 | 56:03

Deep City

By Dennis Scholl, Marlon Johnson, & Chad Tingle

2014 Suncoast Emmy Award,
Arts Program

2014 Suncoast Emmy Award,

Deep City

Deep City is an inspirational story that explores the early days of soul music in South Florida, the pioneers of that era and their lasting contributions to the broader American musical landscape.

During mid-1960s Miami, producers Willie Clarke and Johnny Pearsall masterminded Deep City Records. Both from the mean streets of Miami, this duo honed the business and musical skills learned in college and went on to change the face of soul music in Miami, and eventually the country by creating the first black-owned record label in Florida. Deep City is a documentary that delves into the life and times of these groundbreaking producers, their label, the unique artists they spawned, and the remarkable era in which they accomplished it.

Screenings & Awards

World Premier
SXSW Film Festival
24 Beats per Second Award, Nominee

Miami International Film Festival, 2014

Cinetopia Film Festival, 2014

Cinequest International Film Festival, 2014

Cleveland International Film Festival, 2014

Maryland Film Festival, 2014

Philadelphia Film Festival, 2014

Palm Beach International Film Festival, 2014

Filmgate Interactive, 2014

Florida Film Festival, 2014

Sarasota Film Festival, 2014

Gimme Some Truth, Perth, 2014

Cork Film Festival, 2014

Sidewalk Film Festival, 2014

Alta Fidelidad Festival, 2014

Ouvi Lisboa Film Festival, 2014

Cinema Zuid, 2014

Nuremburg Notes Film Festival, 2014

In Association with WLRN

American Public Television, screened on over 200 public television stations


Produced and directed by
Dennis Scholl, Marlon Johnson, & Chad Tingle

Story by
Dennis Scholl

Director of Photography
Art Nobo

Associate Producer
Joseph Silva

Jaime Quintana

Executive Producers
John Labonia, Adrienne Kennedy, and Alan Tomlinson, WLRN