Carol Bash

Carol Bash is the Founder and President of Paradox Films, a media production company based in Peekskill, NY. Mary Lou Williams: The Lady Who Swings the Band, a feature documentary on this renowned yet unsung jazz genius, was the company’s premier project. The film screened at international and domestic film festivals, where it garnered multiple awards and was nationally broadcast on PBS in 2015. Carol has worked with several prestigious documentary production companies in roles ranging from Producer, Director, Cinematographer, Coordinating Producer, Archival Researcher and Associate Producer. Most recently, she worked with Firelight Films on Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities, which premiered on PBS’ Independent Lens and was nominated for an Emmy Award. Carol has also 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.


Mary Lou Williams: The Lady Who Swings the Band

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