2015 Schedule
Interactive: March 13–17  •  Film: March 13–21  •  Music: March 17–22


Monday, March 16
7:30PM - 8:55PM

Satellite Venue: Marchesa
6226 Middle Fiskville Road

Mavis! is the first documentary on gospel/soul music legend and civil rights icon Mavis Staples and her family group, The Staple Singers. Featuring powerful live performances and conversations with friends and contemporaries including Bob Dylan, Prince, Bonnie Raitt, Levon Helm, Jeff Tweedy, Chuck D, and more, Mavis! reveals the struggles, successes, and intimate stories of her journey. Through 60 years of performing, crossing musical genres and societal shifts, Mavis has transformed herself along the way but has never forgotten the importance of family. At 75, she's making the most vital music of her career, and her message of love and equality is needed now more than ever.

Section: 24 Beats Per Second
Premiere Status: World Premiere
Country: USA
Year: 2015
Runtime: 85min

Director: Jessica Edwards

Executive Producer: Gary Hustwit

Producer: Jessica Edwards, Rachel Mills

Cinematographer: Keith Walker

Editor: Amy Foote

Additional Credits: Associate Editor: Maya Tippet


Edwards has a broad background in the film industry as a director, producer and publicist. Her short film Seltzer Works, screened at SXSW and many other festivals before airing on PBS. Her subsequent films, Tugs and The Landfill screened at festivals worldwide. She's the editor of Tell Me Something, a book of advice from documentary filmmakers.

Public Film Contact
Jessica Edwards
Film First
(718) 643-7300

Publicity Contact
Obscured Pictures



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