When the world told them they couldn’t play, they did it anyway!
Lunenburg Doc Fest proudly announces the screening of The Girls in the Band.
They wiggled, they jiggled, they wore low cut gowns and short shorts, they kow-towed to the club owners and smiled at the customers … and they did it all, just to play the music they loved.
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 20’s to the present day. These incredibly talented women endured sexism, racism and diminished opportunities for decades, yet continue today to persevere, inspire and elevate their talents in a field that seldom welcomed them.
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Judy Chaikin, Director, Producer
Judy Chaikin is a graduate of AFI’s Directing Workshop for Women and is best known for writing, producing and directing the Emmy nominated PBS documentary, “Legacy of the Hollywood Blacklist.” In 2004 she received her second Emmy nomination for the documentary “Building on a Dream:The NoHo Art Project.” Recently she directed and co-wrote the short romantic-comedy film, “Cotillion ‘65,” which has appeared in 40 film festivals winning Best Short, Best Comedy, Best Director and Audience Choice Awards. Ms. Chaikin was a Supervising Producer/Segment Director on the ABC series, “FBI: The Untold Stories,” a Co-Producer of the CBS Movie Of The Week, “Stolen Innocence,” the Writer/Director of the bi-lingual PBS documentary, “Los Pastores” and in 1996 Chaikin won the Blue Ribbon at the American Educational Film and TV Festival for the docu-drama, “Sojourner Truth:Ain’t I A Woman,” featuring Julie Harris. Her other directing work includes the MTV underground hit by Kommunity FK “Something Inside Me Has Died,” the Nickelodeon series “On The Television,” the Broadway production of “Yenta Unplugged” and the Odyssey Theater production of Martin Sherman’s “Rose.”
Michael Greene, Producer, Executive Producer
President/CEO of The Artist Tribe LLC, Michael Greene is a veteran of the Entertainment, Fine Arts, Communications and Media Development industries.
Greene began his career as a recording artist/songwriter with Warner Brothers, Mercury and GRC Recording companies. He worked with artists such as Lionel Richie, Kenny Loggins, Sammy Hagar, Kansas and a host of other top artists. In 1988 Greene became the first President/CEO of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS), the organization that produces the Grammy Awards. Greene served as CEO for 14 years. Greene also founded two 501 C-3 Foundations during his Academy years: The Grammy Foundation which spends over 4 million dollars annually providing grants and educational programs and The Musicares Foundation which provides financial grants, substance abuse intervention, treatment and educational programs to music professionals in need.
Edward Osei-Gyimah, Editor
Edward Osei-Gyimah is an award-winning filmmaker originally from London, England where he received degrees in English Literature and Film theory. He spent six years working in the British media industry, for Channel 4, Nickelodeon UK and Carlton Television before heading to USC where he received a Master in Fine Arts degree in Film Production. Edward’s short film, “Growing Old Disgracefully” screened at the 2008 Pan African Film Festival and the 2007 Scene First Film Festival and won Best Romantic Comedy at the International Student Film Festival of Hollywood. His next film “Kwame” received an Outstanding Achievement In Direction award from the Director’s Guild Of America and was named Best Narrative Short at the 2009 Pan-African Film Festival; Best Student Short at The 2009 Cleveland International Film Festival; Best Student Short Film at the 2009 Big Bear Lake International Film Festival, Best Short Film at the HBO sponsored 2009 Martha’s Vineyard African American Film Festival and collected the Audience Award at the 2009 Newport Beach Film Festival.
Nancy Kissock, Producer, Post Production Supervisor
Nancy Kissock made her mark in the advertising world as a producer of commercials for some of the biggest advertising agencies in America including DDB Needham, Foote Cone & Belding Adv., Goodby Silverstein Partners, BBDO/Chicago, Saatchi & Saatchi/Pacific, where she was in charge of major clients such as Honda, ARCO, Foster Farms, Continental Airlines, VISA, DSW, McDonald’s, Hallmark, Charles Schwab, Blue Cross of CA, DSW, Target, MTV (LeBron James). She has produced numerous movie trailers including “Men in Black”, “LA Confidential”, “Wild Bill” and for Jim Henson Productions plus short films and industrial projects. Nancy began her working relationship with Judy Chaikin as the Producer of the award winning short comedy “Cotillion ‘65.”
Erin Li, Associate Producer
Erin Li graduated from Carnegie Mellon University where she studied drama and business administration. Born to immigrant parents in New Jersey, Erin’s path to filmmaking began in the fine arts world. She has studied painting at the Llotja School of Design and Art in Barcelona, Spain and her works have been showcased in New York and London. She was recently a Film Independent Project Involve Directing fellow and her film, “To the Bone,” screened at the Los Angeles Film Festival. Erin was previously a Visual Communications filmmaking fellow and premiered her film, L.A. COFFIN SCHOOL, at the Directors Guild of American during opening weekend of the 2011 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival. In addition, Erin has associate produced several feature documentaries, including ICEBERG SLIM, AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL 2 and VOICES UNVEILED: TURKISH WOMEN WHO DARE. She began her career in the finance industry in New York and Hong Kong in the private equity fundraising and the strategy / business development space.