Lee's 88 Keys Directed
Susan Robbins USA / 2015 / 104 minutes
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Q&A Attendees *subject to change: Susan Robbins, Tracy Cring, Jon Cring, Rich Syracuse, Jeff Siegel
You may not know her name, but 88-year-old jazz pianist Lee Shaw is a legend among musicians. She was coveted by Lionel Hampton (but declined an invitation to join him), tutored by Oscar Peterson, and her current trio boasts Hudson Valley homeboys Rich Syracuse on bass and Jeff Siegel on drums. Shaw fell in love with the piano at age 5, and director Susan Robbins's bio-pic, Lee's 88 Keys, comes alive with recollections of Shaw first hearing music and learning to play, on to becoming a bona-fide musician. The story is rich with music, history and a multitude of anecdotes and accolades from fellow musicians, former students (including local luminary John Medeski), and friends. Shaw has struggled with being a woman in a male dominated field, the financial challenges of pursuing a musical dream, and the conflict of her ever-sharp mind residing in an aging vessel. Indomitable, she is driven by her love of music and passion for jazz. Experience that passion inLee's 88 Keys.
-Ben F. Fischer
BIO: Susan Robbins is a first time filmmaker with a background in acting and fine art. She started studying acting in 2005 and worked as an actor until 2012. Prior to 2012, she was a mural artist and textile designer for over 25 years.
Susan attended college at FIT, SUNY New Paltz, and The New School for Social Research. She earned an Associates Degree in Textile Design and a Bachelors degree in Art Education.
In 2013, Susan embarked on making Lee's 88 Keys and has not looked back since.
Cast/Featuring: Lee Shaw, Rich Syracuse, Jeff Siegel, John Medeski, Tim Coakley, C.Robie Booth, Beverly Elander, Diane Reiner, Tedd Firth
Producer(s): Susan Robbins, Mike O'Brien
Director(s): Susan Robbins
Screenwriter(s): Susan Robbins, Jason Kessler, Tracy Cring, Jon Cring
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