Scribe Video Center Producers’ Forum
Mary Lou Williams: The Lady Who Swings the Band
dir. by Carol Bash, USA, 2014, digital, 70 min.
Co-sponsored by Leeway Foundation, Philadelphia Jazz Project, Ars Nova Workshop, and Reelblack
Mary Lou Williams: The Lady Who Swings the Band is a documentary about the life and music of one of the greatest jazz pianists, composers and arrangers. However, away from the piano, Williams was a woman in a “man’s world,” a black person in a “whites only” society, an ambitious artist who struggled against the imperatives of being a “star.”
Carol Bash is the Founder and President of Paradox Films. Most notably, she worked with Firelight Films on Freedom Riders, which won three Primetime Emmy awards; and A Place of Our Own, which premiered at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival. Bash also worked with Two-Tone Productions on Banished, which premiered at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival. She will be in attendance at the screening
The program will begin with a piano performance by Kendrah E. Butler. Pianist, composer, and violinist, Butler has performed in the tri-state area and abroad. She is the organizer of the “Women in Jazz Philly Tour” featuring her all female jazz group nVizion.
Producers’ forums are supported by The National Endowment for the Arts, PNC Arts Alive, Philadelphia Cultural Fund, and The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.