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...and then there's Anthony Palmer

Log Line:
In between soulful and fierce performances, guitar hero Anthony Palmer reflects on his life as a career sideman and his frustrations with the music industry.

With no formal training and a unique and radical style, Chicago Blues Hall of Famer Anthony Palmer is an unlikely guitar hero. Still on the scene at age 65, Palmer has shared the stage with Otis Rush, Gloria Hardiman, and Eric Clapton, to name a few. Haling from Chicago's West Side, he has toured the world, wowing crowds with his impassioned solos for decades. Palmer has remained a sideman despite his unquestioned talent and has accompanied countless bandleaders along the way. Unafraid of playing from his heart, where he often breaks free from genre conventions, he is also unafraid to tell it how it is and call out the flaws in the music industry. In ...and then there's Anthony Palmer, Palmer talks about his life, the difficulties of going solo, and how music is still the only option for him.

  • Jesseca Ynez Simmons
    Emerald Ice, I Can Only Be Mary Lane
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Genres:
    Documentary, Short, Music
  • Runtime:
    16 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    August 1, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    0 USD
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  • Student Project:
  • Columbus International Film & Animation Festival
    April 17, 2020
  • Sedona International Film Festival
    February 28, 2020
  • St. Louis International Film Festival
    St. Louis, MI
    November 13, 2019
  • Cacophony Music Film Festival
    United States
    November 9, 2019
  • Santa Cruz Film Festival
    Santa Cruz, CA
    October 13, 2019
Director Biography - Jesseca Ynez Simmons

Jesseca Ynez Simmons is a documentary filmmaker and currently teaches media production at the University of Dayton. Some reoccurring themes in her work include the environment, music, gender and female perspectives.

Jesseca has been recognized by the American Society of Cinematographers and was a Southern Exposure Film Fellow for the Southern Environmental Law Center in Birmingham, AL. Jesseca recently completed her first feature documentary I Can Only be Mary Lane, which took home the Director’s Award for Artistic Merit at the 2018 Santa Cruz Film Festival. The film follows one of the last legendary Blues singers that made the Great Migration from the American South as she attempts to record an album at age 82. Gigwise said: “This is a film for all true music lovers. It gives you belief in classic music, as well as the inspiration on how we should all grasp life and squeeze it for all it is worth.” In addition to directing, Jesseca regularly collaborates with other filmmakers as director of photography and camera person. Her images have been seen at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), Hot Docs Film Festival, Chicago International Film Festival, DocLisboa, Sidewalk Film Festival as well as on National Geographic.

Originally from the Bay Area, she received her BA in Politics from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She then moved to the Midwest to earn her MFA in Documentary Media from Northwestern University where she was invited to continue post-MFA as Filmmaker in Residence.

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