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City Paper at SXSW: The music doc 'Mavis!' lets the powerful performances do the talking

City Paper at SXSW: The music doc 'Mavis!' lets the powerful performances do the talking

Like the Maryland Film Festival, the South by Southwest Film Festival follows each screening by a discussion with the movie's creative team. After SXSW presented the world premiere of "Mavis!" on Sunday, director Jessica Edwards was asked about the use of talking heads in her wonderful picture about Mavis Staples. She could have gotten plenty of celebrities to go on camera and deliver testimonials about how terrific Staples is, she said, and that's what most music documentaries do. But she didn't want to go that route, because she was confident that her own performance footage made that abundantly clear. So she limited the talking heads to people who had...

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