CAROL BASH | MARY LOU WILLIAMS: THE LADY WHO SWINGS THE BAND
RELEASED APRIL 1st 2015 I 60 MIN
Mary Lou Williams: The Lady Who Swings the Band brings to the screen one of the most innovative yet unsung jazz musicians. The film's national broadcast on public television began in April 2015. Check here for local listings: www.itvs.org/television?film=mary-lou-williams. Mary Lou Williams was ahead of her time, a genius. As a pianist, composer and arranger, she was a font of daring and creativity who helped shape the sound of 20th century America. But 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 dared to be different, and who struggled against the imperatives of being a "star." Time and again, she pushed back against a world that said, "You can't" and said, "I can." It nearly cost her everything.
Mary Lou Williams: The Lady Who Swings the Band features Academy Award-nominated actress Alfre Woodard as the narrated voice of Mary Lou Williams and contemporary musical performances by Geri Allen, Terri Lyne Carrington, Carmen Lundy, Esperanza Spalding, and a big band conducted by Wycliffe Gordon. The film received funding from ITVS, Ford Foundation, NEA, NBPC, Firelight Media Next Step Fund, among others. For more information, check out the film's website: www.marylouwilliamsproject.com and Facebook page: www.facebook.com/marylouwilliamsproject
Carol Bash is the Founder and President of Paradox Films. She has worked with several prestigious documentary production companies in roles ranging from producer, director, cinematographer, coordinating producer, archival researcher and associate producer. Most notably, she worked with Firelight Films on Freedom Riders, which won three Primetime Emmy Awards and premiered on American Experience; Two-Tone Productions on Banished, which premiered at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival and aired on Independent Lens; Kunhardt Productions on the groundbreaking four-part PBS series African American Lives; and with Firelight Films on A Place of Our Own, which premiered at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival and was broadcast on Independent Lens. In addition, Carol has produced and directed several short promotional films for PBS, World Channel, and non-profit organizations. Prior to her career as an independent filmmaker, she worked in broadcast television at CBS News.