I Can Only Be Mary Lane

2018 | Documentary | 59 Minutes

Born in 1935, Chicago Singer Mary Lane is one of the last living legends of American Blues. If only the world knew.

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A longtime staple of Chicago's West Side Blues circuit, singer Mary Lane 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 favorite among peers for her dulcet tones, she nevertheless did not record again for several decades, remaining virtually unknown outside of the Chicago Blues faithful.


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Upcoming Screenings:

University Film and Video Association Conference - Minneapolis, MN - July 30th - August 2nd

Chicago History Museum - Chicago, IL - June 11th

Past Screenings:

New Haven International Film Festival - New Haven, CT - May 16th

Skokie Theater (Screening & Live Performance) - Skokie, IL - April 28th

Ozark Foothills FilmFest - Batesville, AR - April 26th

Boomtown Film and Music Festival - Beaumont, TX  - April 11 - 13th

Capital City Film Festival - Lansing, MI - April 11 - 21st

Hot Springs Int’l Women’s Film Festival - Hot Springs National Park, AK - March 31st

Voices in Black and White Film Festival - Newark, NJ - March 30th

The Quarry Entertainment Center - Chicago, IL - March 25th

Fitzgerald’s Night Club - Chicago, IL - February 21st

Big Muddy Film Festival - Carbondale, IL - February 20th

Women of the Lens Film Festival - London, UK - December 15th

Buddy Guy’s Blues Club Legends - Chicago, IL - November 19th

Cincinnati Film Society’s RiverReel Film Festival - Cincinnati, OH - November 14th

Doc’ N Roll Film Festival - London, UK - November 8th - International Premiere

Queen City Film Festival - Cumberland, MD - October 7th

Santa Cruz Film Festival - Santa Cruz, CA - October 7th

Winner of the Director’s Artistic Merit Award at the 2018 Santa Cruz Film Festival

University of Dayton - Dayton, OH - September 26th

OnScreen Local Film Showcase - Chicago, IL - August 26th – September 1st

Mosaic World Film Festival - Rockford, IL - August 26th


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