Doc "The Girls In The Band" To Make US Premiere At PSIFF In January (Untold Stories Of Women Jazz Instrumentalists)

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by Tambay A. Obenson
December 27, 2011 8:26 PM
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And yet another film (the 3rd one) we've highlighted on S&A that'll make screen at the upcoming Palm Springs International Film Festival.

Web-wide reactions to this when I first wrote about it about a month ago was strong; lots and lots of excited folks curious and anxious to see it, and with good reason, given the subject matter.

And those same people (specifically those who live in the USA) will be pleased to know that it'll make its USA premiere at this month's Palm Springs International Film Festival, where it'll screen thrice, January 13, 14 and 15.

So if you happen to be in or around that part of California during those specific dates, and you're interested in seeing the film, here's your first chance (I suspect there'll be others as the film travels the film festival circuit).

A quick recap:

Director Judy Chaikin's new documentary, The Girls In The Band, highlights the untold stories of women jazz and big band instrumentalists, from the 1930s to the present day.

I'd say, for the average enthusiast, it's likely an easier challenge to name women jazz vocalists than instrumentalists. Images like the one above probably aren't the first to come to mind when most of us think of jazz music. And Chaikin's doc hopes to influence that, with this poignant narrative, which includes lots of wonderful archival footage, telling the fascinating stories about lives and careers of these trailblazing women who endured sexism, racism and diminished opportunities for decades, yet continued to persevere, inspire and elevate their talents in a field that seldom welcomed them.

The film also looks at the present-day young women who are following in the footsteps of those who paved the way for them in the male-dominated world of jazz.

The Girls In The Band made its international debut at the 8th Dubai International Film Festival, which ran from December 7th through the 14th; and according to the film's website, playdates in several US cities will follow, NYC, San Francisco, Washington DC, New Orleans and more, though no specific dates yet.

Watch the trailer below:

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  • Micah | December 27, 2011 9:55 PMReply

    I'm so excited about seeing this film! Talk about a talented but marginalized group. It should be an intriguing window into an almost forgotten part of Jazz history.

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