Producers' Forum - Mary Lou Williams: The Lady Who Swings the Band directed by Carol Bash (USA, 2014, 70 min.)Posted May 30th, 2015 by Hye-Jung
Tuesday, July 14, 7:00 PM
at International House, 3701 Chestnut Street
Carol Bash in person, with a live piano performance by Kendrah E. Butler
$10, $7 Students/Seniors, $5 Scribe and IHP members
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.
Screening preceded by 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.
Thursday, July 23, TIME: Workshop - 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM, Screening - 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Preserving Your Memories: A Workshop on Family Film, Photo & Document Preservation
In this hands-on workshop, filmmaker and librarian Ashley Maynor will demonstrate best practices for protecting and preserving home movies, photographs, and documents. She will explain how to store and care for these items and provide information for ordering archival quality photo albums and supplies. She will also discuss online tools and services to organize digital photographs, store digital copies of family documents, and create new, archival-quality albums
from scanned photos. Participants are invited to bring their own home movies (8mm, Super 8, etc.) and heirloom documents or photos for inspection, repair tips and recommendations.
The Story of The Stuff (USA, 2015, 72 min), a web documentary directed by Ashley Maynor
An investigation into America’s obsession with temporary memorials, The Story of The Stuff mixes documentary video and a personal essay as it tracks what happens to more than half a million letters, 65,000 teddy bears, and hundreds of thousands of other packages, donations, and condolence items sent to Newtown, Connecticut, in the wake of the 2012 Sandy Hook School shooting. As Maynor tracks Newtown’s stuff, she also reflects on her experience of working in
Blacksburg, Virginia on April 16, 2007, the site of the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history.
Friday, July 24, 7:00 PM
New Works Produced Through Scribe Workshops
Central to Scribe’s workshops is the creation of new work. The screening will feature documentary and fictional films by participants in our Spring 2015’s 14-week production workshop
Sisters (15 min) by Rachelle Quinn
An adoptive mother in Ethiopia makes an unexpected and life changing decision to keep two young sisters together.
African Contributions That Changed America and the World (20 min) by Arif Zahir
Contribution of 500 years of African innovation and inventions to the industrialization and technological advancement of the Americas.
Through It All (15 min) by Marva Sumlin
Perseverance and determination of a young African American male to rise above a troubled past and low societal expectations, and do the unexpected.
You Came From My Heart (15 min) by Eddie L. Clark III
A soon-to-be father experiences the various stages of the adoption process.
Museum Conversations, Gehry and Abele (10 min) by Gary Smalls
Conversations between Julian Abele (the original architect) and Frank Gehry (the current expansion architect) of the Philadelphia Museum of Art
Friday, August 21, 7:00 PM
In 2005, Adama Bah, a Muslim girl from Harlem at age 16 became the youngest person to be swept up by the FBI in a terrorism investigation. Released after 6 weeks with no charges, Adama must struggle to keep her family together when her father is deported.
Friday, September 11, 7:00 PM
Tiberino: The Art of Life
(USA, 2015, 85 min) directed by Derrick Woodyard and Joseph Tiberino
The Tiberino family, often referred to as “The West Philly Wyeths,” have been creating art in their Powelton Village
neighborhood for over half a century. Joe Tiberino, his late wife Ellen Powell Tiberino, and their children have firmly
established themselves in Philadelphia’s art community and beyond. Produced over a three-year period, the film serves as
a chronicle of the family’s history as Philadelphians and artists.