LADY BE GOOD explores the musical contributions, development and extent of the all-woman groups and sexual and racial obstacles of American women instrumentals in jazz from the 1920's to the 1970's.
LADY BE GOOD gracefully interweaves rare archival footage, photos and filmed interviews into a full understanding of this important chapter in American musical history. Interviews with musicians, band leaders and historians include Clora Bryant, Barbara Carroll, Joy Cayler, Quincy Jones, Melba Liston, Marian McPartland, Bruce Raeburn, Carline Ray, Jane Sager, Artie Shaw, Dr. Sherrie Tucker and Gerald Wilson, just to name a few. The film is narrated by the talented musician, Patrice Rushen.
The film is currently 2 hours. We need funds for a final re-edit (to shorten the film for broadcast length) and for music rights and clearances.
Risks and challenges
Music rights and clearances are the key to completing the film Lady Be Good. When we cut the film down by 20 minutes (from 2 hours) this will reduce the number of clearances we still need to get. We hope to have a most favored nations agreement with the large companies who hold copyright to the not-yet cleared film clips and music. This will decrease the normally astronomical cost of the music clearances.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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