WOMEN IN BLUES is a documentary celebrating women who sing or play the blues. The film will explore the unique struggles and triumphs that these artists have experienced as women in the world of blues music.
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The Story of Women in Blues
In the early 20th century, pioneering blues women such as Bessie Smith, Ma Rainey and Memphis Minnie dominated the blues genre and were instrumental in spreading its popularity. However, from the 1930s onwards the popularity of classic female blues music underwent a decline, giving way to the development of a mainstream blues culture which continues to be distinctly masculine in flavor. Despite a resurgence of female blues performers in recent years, the number of prominent male blues artists occupying the limelight still far outstrips that of blues women.
Blues is a celebration of a way of life which speaks of love, loss, addictions, poverty and desire, and we want to share the experiences of the women who are paving their own way in a genre with a rich history like no other.
The blues women are back and they’re making it their own again. We want to tell their story.
The artists will share their stories through a series of interviews, life performance footage, photos, and by walking with them in their day to day lives. These women will share their voices with us as they sing in their studios, a cappella, in harmony and on stage. They will share their joy, pain, trials and tribulations as they explain what it means to sing the blues.
Beyond their art lies the soul of the artist, and we will discover how they use their personal experiences as inspiration to write and perform their music. The women that sing or play the blues are a unique group of individuals that are drawn to a specific type of music. In this documentary -the first of its kind- we will explore why.
Why We Need Your Help
As you can see from the trailer, we've already done a lot work - but there are so many more stories to tell and artists to film!
We have already filmed interviews with artists such as JOANNA CONNOR, KIMBERLY JOHNSON, GRANA LOUISE, SHIRLEY JOHNSON, MZ.PEACHEZ WILLIAMS and HOLLE THEE MAXWELL.
But we still need to film many others such as DEITRA FARR, LIZ MANDEVILLE, HEATHER CROSSE and many more performing live. The crew and I will also need to film in Australia where Ruthie Foster is playing at the Byron Bay Blues Festival - a show not to be missed. By the end August of 2015 we will finish filming in the U.S. where we'll be catching performers like Susan Tedeschi and Joanna Shaw Taylor light up the stages on their tours along with a host of others. This requires money that we don't have. We need your help to see this project through to the end.
We are asking for donations to equal $25,000.00 or more. That money will see us through the filming process in March and April. If we should receive a greater amount, we'll be able to film the remainder of this film during the months of June, July and August. Anything over that will start to cover music rights, copyrights and post production. We also have a marketing plan that needs to be included in the budget. For now, we're taking it one step at a time. Any contributions will be received with gratitude. We can't make this film without you!
About The Crew
Director: Lisa Eismen
Lisa Eismen is a writer, director, filmmaker and musician who "has the blues in her soul" thanks to having grown up surrounded by blues musicians in Chicago.
Her most recent documentary GAME CHANGER which she directed and co-produced with Australian company, Cool White Bunnie Productions, was selected for festivals including the Australian Indie Gems Film Festival (2014) and the Dungog Film Festival (2014). She has also directed the music videos COCOON for Runcible Spoon and LAZY BONES for RogerZand as well as a number of short films.
Director of Photography: Pieter De Vries
Pieter De Vries, ACS, has worked on many notable and acclaimed productions as a cinematographer, including working with Academy Award-winning Canadian Director, James Cameron, as topside cinematographer on the large format 3D Imax film, GHOSTS OF THE ABYSS, revisiting the wreck of the Titanic. He has also worked extensively for National Geographic and is the recipient of many awards for his camera work including the award of DISTINCTION FOR CINEMATOGRAPHY at the AUSTRALIAN CINEMATOGRAPHER’S SOCIETY (ACS) NATIONAL AWARDS for DEVILS DISEASE, 4, and 3D HALLOWEEN and an AUSTRALIAN FILM INSTITUTE NOMINATION for 4. He also received an EMMY nomination for his work as a cinematographer on RAT.
Producer: Steve Jaggi
Steve Jaggi is a producer with extensive experience. He is driven by a passion to tell uplifting stories which explore the human condition, always aiming to entertain and inspire. His company, THE STEVE JAGGI COMPANY, has been involved with the making of a number of successful films such as the recent documentary SKIN DEEP, which received an Honorable Mention at the Austin Film festival and Melbourne Queer Film Festival and the music documentary, AND THE BEAT GOES ON, which was an official selection at the IBIZA FILM FESTIVAL (2009), NOTTING HILL FILM FESTIVAL(2009) and the BYRON BAY FILM FESTIVAL(2011).
Risks and challenges
Every filmmaker has challenges and obstacles to overcome as they see their project through to the end. The biggest goal we will have to contend with is finding the remaining funding. There will always be setbacks but we will overcome these through knowledge, experience, sheer determination, persistence and skill. As with anything in life, a little luck never hurts.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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