Satan & Adam


Film & Music
Philadelphia Premiere
Date: Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Time: 7 PM
Location: Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz & Performing Arts

Director: Scott Balcerek and V. Scott Balcerek
Genre: Doc Feature
Country: USA
Year: 2018
Running Time: 1 hr 20 min
Language: English

General Admission
: $15
Seniors: $13
Students: $7 (*for our rules and regulations on Student tickets, click HERE)

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Adam Gussow was a twenty-something Jewish Ivy League educated harmonica player seeking fulfillment. Sterling “Satan” Magee was an aging street performer and blues legend who had once played with James Brown and Etta James. During a spike in racial tensions in Harlem during the 1980s, Adam passed Satan playing his blues guitar and makeshift percussion instruments on the street, a block from the Apollo Theater. He was floored by Satan’s playing and asked to join in on his harmonica. It was that small gesture that gave birth to a larger-than-life Harlem fixture, and eventually a national touring outfit after the unlikely duo was discovered – and sampled – by U2.

SATAN & ADAM is a beautifully crafted documentary that captures the wild, exciting energy of blues music and its power of universality passed down from generation to generation.

Special Guests: TBD


For Fans of:

  • Black-Jewish relations
  • Blues music
  • Buddy films
  • Harlem
  • Music documentaries
  • Music history
  • New York City
  • Satan & Adam

Official Selection:

  • Nashville Film Festival
  • San Francisco Jewish Film Festival
  • Tribeca Film Festival


  • Grand Jury Prize – Nashville Film Festival


  • “Passionate and moving…nothing could prepare me for what I would discover in Satan & Adam.” (Stephanie Archer, Film Inquiry)