BILLIE film

Runtime: 98 minutes

Fascinating new documentary on famed jazz singer Billie Holiday. "Crafted from extraordinary unheard interviews, and restoring key performances into color for the first time, this is the story of the singer who changed the face of American music, and the journalist who died trying to tell it. In the late 1960's journalist Linda Lipnack Kuehl set out to write the definitive biography of Billie. Over the next decade, she tracked down and tape-recorded interviews with the extraordinary characters that populated the iconic singer's short, tumultuous life. These incredibly intimate testimonies are not only told by some of the musical greats, but Billie Holiday herself is revealed through the eyes of her cousin, her school friends, lovers, lawyers, pimps and even the FBI agents who arrested her. Linda's book was never finished and the tapes unplayed – until now. Holiday was a woman of breath-taking talent and global popularity while also stirring controversy. She started a notable rebellion singing 'Strange Fruit' which exposed the realities of Black life in America and earned her powerful enemies. Raw, emotional and brutally honest, the film is filled with incredible, unheard testimonies from musical greats like Charles Mingus, Tony Bennett, Sylvia Syms and Count Basie." - www.latfusa.com.