Our friends at Smithsonian asked me to write about how I came to helm Ella Jenkins: We'll Sing a Song Together. Click the image above to read the article and view an all-new trailer for the documentary.
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Below is just some of the great press we've received for the film to date:
"I wouldn't be doing what I do today if it weren't for the music of Ella Jenkins... please help us get this movie made!"
"We need this movie. It has to be done."
"Ella is one of the most influential musicians on the planet.
She's 90. We have to do this now."
Known internationally as The First Lady of Children's Music, Ella Jenkins has been performing and recording her original songs for nearly 60 years! With over 40 releases to her credit on the Smithsonian Folkways label, Ella has stood peer-to-peer with the likes of Pete Seeger, Odetta and Freedom Singer and Sweet Honey in the Rock founder Bernice Johnson Reagon. Quite arguably the first artist to ever trailblaze a career in the now vast field of children's music, she has been recognized by ASCAP, the Library of Congress, and with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.
With your support, we can make Ella Jenkins: We'll Sing a Song Together the definitive portrait of one of the leading, if overlooked figures in American music. We hope you'll help us bring it to the screen.