The Legendary Blues Band, Saffire
HOT FLASH chronicles the history of the legendary blues band Saffire - The Uppity Blues Women. With their potent combination of sassy lyrics and fierce playing styles, the trio of Ann Rabson, Gaye Adegbalola, and Andra Faye have entertained audiences for over twenty-five years. For the first time, Saffire's complete story is told. The trio overcame personal struggles and industry stereotypes to emerge as one of the most well-known blues bands playing today. The documentary features original footage and photographs from the band's personal collection. Interviews with current and former band members, record company executives and music critics provide an insider's look into the band. Hot Flash includes concert footage of Saffire performing at the historic Ram's Head in Maryland and the Wolf Trap in Virgina. With extra concert footage and extended interviews, Hot Flash is a must have for any blues fan and serves as a fitting tribute to these music pioneers.
“…is very entertaining along with being informative. It would be a good addition to an academic library to support contemporary music or a women’s studies program.” – Educational Media Reviews Online
"...as director Sarah Knight's film lovingly portrays, Saffire do more than just play fantastic live sets — the multi-racial group tear up the stage and give hope to any would-be musician who longs for a life on the road but fears they are past their prime…funny, ribald and at times tear-jerking." – Sam Strangeways, Bermuda Royal Gazette
"Briskly directed by Sarah Knight, Hot Flash covers a great deal in a short period...Saffire has a story worth hearing, and Hot Flash tells it with economy and humor. As is the case with Saffire’s music, the film should have an appeal well beyond the traditional blues audience." – J.B. Spins
"Music-based documentaries can often be tedious for the non-fan. But the group's in-your-face feminism and often raunchy lyrics are powerful enough to captivate even chauvinists and close-minded music snobs." - Brinkley Sharpe, Free Lance-Star
Sarah Knight’s latest feature is In the Land of Fire & Ice which stars Oscar nominee, Shohreh Aghdashloo (“The House of Sand and Fog,” “The Expanse”). The Athena Award-winning script tells the story of a high-powered Kuwaiti CEO who makes a strategic professional retreat to Iceland where she falls for a charming Scottish hotelkeeper. Her narrative feature debut, Vino Veritas, starring Emmy winner, Carrie Preston (“The Good Wife,” “True Blood”), won Best Narrative Feature at Cinema on the Bayou and was released by Gravitas Ventures. Mark Adams of Screen Daily writes, “A smartly and slickly made indie drama, blessed with four fine performances…director Sarah Knight keeps Vino Veritas moving nicely, and makes good use of her interiors.” Sarah’s documentary, Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend, is a portrait of Nicole Sherry McFadyen, Head Groundskeeper for the Baltimore Orioles - one of only two women ever to hold that position in Major League Baseball. Diamonds premiered at the Cooperstown Baseball Hall of Fame where it remains in the permanent archives.
Hot Flash, about Saffire-The Uppity Blues Women, was nominated for a Blues Music Award and won the Audience Favorite Award at Cinema on the Bayou. Sarah’s adaptation of the bestselling novel (co-written with Sarah Skibinski), A Yellow Raft in Blue Water, was featured at the IFP Market (Emerging Narrative section) and was invited to the Film Independent (FIND) Screenwriter’s Lab. She has won fellowships to the Berlinale Talent Campus, the Rotterdam CineMart Producer’s Lab, and Tribeca All Access.
HOT FLASH: THE LEGENDARY BLUES BAND, SAFFIRE
Catalog # RM1805; ISBN 978-1-933724-48-5, NTSC
40 Minutes; Copyright 2009; English
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