The Girls in the Band
"joyous and packed with great music" - SF Weekly
(81 minutes) They wiggled, they jiggled, they wore low cut gowns, and they kowtowed to the club owners and smiled at the customers... and they did it all, just to play the music they loved. In the thirties and forties, hundreds of women musicians toured the country in glamorous all-girl bands, while others played side by side with their male counterparts. Yet by the mid-fifties female jazz musicians had literally disappeared from the workplace; their names, their contributions to music, completely forgotten. The Girls in the Band tells the poignant, untold stories of female jazz and big band instrumentalists and their fascinating, groundbreaking journeys from the late 30s to the present day. (Description from thegirlsintheband.com) Presented in collaboration with WEAA 88.9.
A post-film discussion with Camay Murphy, Rosie Pryor and several female musicians will follow the screening, moderated by Carla Wills of The Baltimore Blend on WEAA.
Winner Audience Choice Award
Palm Springs International Film Festival, January 2012
Victoria International Film Festival, February 2012
Omaha Film Festival, March 2012
Winner Best Music Documentary
DOCUTAH September 2012
Winner Best Feature Documentary
High Falls Film Festival, April 2013
"Everything a worthwhile documentary should be, and then some; engaging, informative, thorough and brimming with delightful characters." - Jeannette Catsoulis New York Times, (NYT Critics’ Pick)