There are just 2 weeks left in the Kickstarter campaign for this upcoming new documentary from director Lisa Eismen, titled “Women in Blues,” which, in short, celebrates women blues musicians today.
We’re all familiar with pioneering blues women like Bessie Smith and Ma Rainey who thrived during the early half of the 20th century; but in an industry that’s dominated by male performers, the documentary will highlight the contributions of contemporary women blues artists.
More on the project from its campaign page: “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, 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.”
The filmmakers have already begun shooting the film, conducting interviews with artist like Joanna Connor, Kimberly Johnson, Grana Louise, Shirley Johnson, MZ Peachez Williams and Holle Thee Maxwell. But there’s obviously still a lot of work to be done before it’s a fully complete work.
And for that, they hope to raise just over $19,000 by April 16, with close to $3,000 already contributed. So still quite a bit to go.
Watch the promo below, and if you’re sold, then head on over to the projects Kickstarter campaign page to contribute here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/womeninblues/women-in-blues?ref=category_ending_soon.
Funds raised will go to completing the documentary, as well as covering music rights, other copyrights and also some early marketing for the film.