New Orleans Premiere Screening Of "Mary Lou Williams: The Lady Who Swings The Band" At The 2015 New Orleans Film Festival

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New Orleans Premiere Screening Of "Mary Lou Williams: The Lady Who Swings The Band" At The 2015 New Orleans Film Festival
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Music and Culture Coalition of New Orleans says
The New Orleans Film Society, the National Black Programming Consortium, the Amistad Research Center, the McKenna Museum of African American Art | New Orleans and the Music and Culture Coalition of New Orleans present:

The New Orleans premiere screening of "MARY LOU WILLIAMS: THE LADY WHO SWINGS THE BAND" at the 2015 New Orleans Film Festival

Do join us for the first screening of this feature documentary about one of music's most influential figures and often unsung heroines!

WHEN: Sunday, October 18 @ 4:00pm

WHERE: The Ogden Musem of Southern Art
(directly across the street from NOFF HQ // Contemporary Arts Center)

TICKETS: $9 - $12 (Discounts for NOFS Members)

*Director/Producer Carol Bash and other filmmakers will be in attendance for post-screening Q&A*

DETAILS + TICKETS:
http://www.neworleansfilmfestival.org


ABOUT THE FILM:

SYNOPSIS: “There aren’t any women, and very few men, that can do what I can musically,” Mary Lou Williams says toward the beginning of this portrait, demonstrating the well-deserved confidence that pushed her forward as an arranger and pianist in the man’s world of jazz. Williams made her mark with imaginative arrangements for Duke Ellington and Benny Goodman, as mentor to young musicians like Dizzy Gillespie and Thelonius Monk and during solo performances. Her words drive the story: Alfre Woodard narrates excerpts from her interviews and letters and provides an intimate look at the mind of a woman who revolutionized jazz, yet remains known only as a “musician’s musician.” Archival footage and recordings, interviews with prominent jazz scholars and recreations of Williams’s path from Kansas City to the center of the jazz scene make this an unusual and inspiring film. – Rachel Lazar
*Filmmakers in attendance.

Director CAROL BASH
Producer CAROL BASH
DPs ROBERT SHEPARD, JAMES FRANCIS RICHARDS, MICHAEL CHIN
Editor SANDRA CHRISTIE
Year 2015
Runtime 70 MINUTES
Country USA

MORE:
http://marylouwilliamsproject.com/
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By: Music and Culture Coalition of New Orleans

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