Mavis! is the first feature-length documentary on gospel/soul music legend and civil rights icon Mavis Staples and her family group, The Staple Singers. From the freedom songs of the ’60s hits like I’ll Take You There in the ’70s, funked-up collaborations with Prince, to her recent albums with Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy, Mavis has stayed true to her roots. She has kept her family close, and inspired millions along the way. Mavis! reveals the struggles, successes, and intimate stories of her journey. At 75, she’s making the most vital music of her career, winning Grammy awards, and reaching a new generation of fans, with messages of love and equality.
Date: Sunday, February 21, 3PM
Location: Diana Center Event Oval, LL100
Q&A session to follow with writer and director Jessica Edwards
Jessica Edwards has a broad background in the film industry as a director, producer and publicist. Her award-winning short documentary Seltzer Works, premiered at SXSW and went on to screen at Hot Docs, Full Frame, Silverdocs (now AFIDocs) and many other festivals around the world before airing on the prestigious PBS documentary series POV in 2010. Her subsequent film, Tugs, screened at SXSW, Full Frame, Silverdocs and BAMCinemafest in Brooklyn in 2011. The Landfill, which she co-directed with Gary Hustwit, premiered at Sundance in 2012.