SCREENING: 08 November 2018 at 18:30
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Dir. Jesseca Ynez, 2018, USA, 60 mins
UK Premiere + Q&A with the director
At 82, Mary Lane is one of the last of the legendary blues musicians who made the Great Migration from America’s South. Widely respected in Chicago, she has nevertheless never had the wider recognition she deserves. I Can Only Be Mary Lane follows her as she records just her second studio album, and first in over 20 years. Her producer thinks it could potentially win her a Grammy, if only they can get it completed.
A longtime staple of Chicago's West Side blues circuit, Mary was born November 23, 1935 in Clarendon, Arkansas. After honing her skills in local juke joints in the company of Howlin' Wolf, Robert Nighthawk, Little Junior Parker and James Cotton, Lane relocated to Chicago in 1957; backed by Morris Pejoe, she soon cut her debut single “You Don't Want My Lovin' No More” for the Friendly Five label. A favourite among peers for her dulcet tones, Mary would nevertheless not record again for several decades, remaining virtually unknown outside of the Chicago Blues faithful.
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