Satan & Adam | Osher Marin Jewish Community Center

Satan & Adam

Wed, February 13, 2019 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Best of the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, Season 38
sign of love
V. Scott Balcerek | USA | Documentary | 78 min

Official Selection, 2018 Tribeca Film Festival

This doc captures the unlikely teaming up of a young Jewish harmonica player and a Black street musician.


NYC 1986. Adam, a lanky young blond-haired guy walks down 125th Street exploring Harlem and sees a grizzled street musician, a one-man band who sings and plays the guitar and percussion with his feet at the same time. He calls himself Mr. Satan and he plays a mean blues. Unexpectedly, the white Jewish kid pulls out a harmonica and asks Satan to jam, and a musical partnership in perfect sync is born. The street musician is Sterling Magee, who is rumored to have played with James Brown, Ray Charles, King Curtis, Etta James and other blues luminaries. Adam believes, despite his Ivy League education, that it was his mission in life to do this.

The odd couple are soon killing it at music festivals and other gigs. They cut a record. One of Satan’s tunes ends up on a U2 album. Then, suddenly, Satan drops out of sight. Two years later, the filmmakers find him in St. Petersburg, Florida. The old man had a stroke and can’t play the guitar anymore. But the connection is still strong, and Satan and Adam attempt to reconstitute the act. This documentary, a big attention-getter at the Tribeca Film Festival, captures a fascinating journey of friendship, heartbreak and the transformative power of the blues.


Get a front row seat to one of the highlights from the newest season of SF Jewish Film Festival—the first and largest Jewish film festival in the world!

If you missed it in the city, now’s your chance to catch it closer to home in Marin! We are pleased to present three films that represent the best from Season 38 of the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival.

Jan 16: Blue Note Records: Beyond the Notes

Jan 30: The Sign for Love

Feb 13: Satan & Adam (Q&A with the filmmaker!) 

*Concessions sold at each film screening


Individual Tickets
Advance Price (until the day before the film screening)

  • $10 Members & Kids under 17
  • $12 Public
  • Day-of Price: $15


The San Francisco Jewish Film Festival is the first and largest Jewish film festival in the world. Presenting innovative film each summer in the Bay Area, the festival promotes awareness, appreciation and pride in the diversity of the Jewish people. Festival programs are meant to create community and strengthen consciousness of Jewish identity, history and culture; provide a dynamic and inclusive forum for exploration of and dialogue about the Jewish experience; and encourage independent filmmakers working with Jewish themes.

Location: Hoytt Theater

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