The Devil’s Music

University of the Arts
Sunday April 27 | 12:30 p.m.
Q & A with the Filmmaker

the devil's music documentary
Maria Agui Carter/USA/2013/75 minutes

About the Film

When the new sound of jazz first spread across America in the early twentieth-century, it left delight – and controversy – in its wake.As jazz's popularity grew, so did campaigns to censor "the devil's music." This documentary classic has been hailed by the New York Times as a documentary that "addressing the complex interaction of race and class… engages viewers in a conversation as vigorous as the art it chronicles,” featuring timeless performances by artists such as Louis Armstrong and vocalist Rachelle Ferrelle, plus interviews with giants of social and musical criticism such as Albert Murray, Marian MacPartland, Studs Terkel, and Michael Eric Dyson. The Devil's Music is Written, Produced and Directed by Maria Agui Carter and Calvin Lindsay, and Narrated by Dione Graham.

María Agui Carter will be present for the screening and Q&A.


About the Directors

Maria Agui Carter, Writer/Producer and Director is an award-winning filmmaker with two recent national broadcasts on PBS: No Job for a Woman, and REBEL, awarded the 2014 Eric Barnouw Honorable Mention as best historical film in America, and now touring museums, theaters, and festivals around the country. Her new monologue, 14 Freight Trains, about the first American soldier to die in Iraq, an undocumented Latino, will premiere in Arena Theater fall of 2014. She grew up an undocumented "Dreamer," graduated from Harvard, is a Trustee of NALIP, and is a member of the Writer’s Guild. She is turning REBEL into an action feature, and writing a new script on an undocumented teen hacker called The Secret Life of La Mariposa. She is the recipient of the winner of a George Peabody Gardner, a Warren, a CPB/PBS, and a Rockefeller Fellowship, among others, as well as serving as a visiting scholar/artist at Harvard, Tulane and Brandeis.

Calvin A. Lindsay, Jr., Producer/Director, began his career at WGBH-TV, Boston's Public Broadcasting Station affiliate. He is a seven time Emmy Award winning Series Producer for Say Brother, one of public television's longest running local series. Lindsay conceived the award-winning documentary series Reflections, chronicling the lives of artists and cultural innovators including Judith Jamison, James Earl Jones, the Nicholas Brothers and Henry Hampton. His work has been recognized by the National Black Programming Consortium, The Association of Massachusetts Broadcasters, The New York Festivals, the National Association of Television Arts & Sciences, the Denver Jazz on Film Festival Series and the International Documentary Association. He is a member of The Writers Guild and the National Association of Black Journalists. He sits on the Board of Directors of Documentary Educational Resources, an educational documentary films distributor; and the Brattle Film Foundation.