The 9 Lives of Barbara Dane

In Person

  • Jed Riffe is the producer of The 9 Lives of Barbara Dane.

  • Nina Menéndez is an executive producer of The 9 Lives of Barbara Dane.

Dane is a powerful, radical citizen-artist.

Danny Glover

Bonnie Raitt, Jane Fonda, Louis Armstrong, The Chambers Brothers,

For decades Barbara Dane lent her stellar singing voice to social-justice movements in the Bay Area and beyond, garnering an impressive FBI file along the way. Deeply respected by fellow luminaries in folk, blues, and jazz, Dane built a far-reaching legacy with music, activism, and love. As Maureen Gosling’s celebratory portrait reveals, early solidarity with those suffering racial and economic injustice sparked Dane’s passion to use her talent to sustain marginalized people. Rather than chase stardom, she followed her own maternal instincts to root herself and her family among generations of activist performers. Bonnie Raitt, Jane Fonda, and other notables attest to Dane’s unique way of shaping and being shaped by tumultuous social revolutions from the 1950s on. Nearing ninety, Dane triumphantly tours with piano virtuoso Tammy Hall to celebrate a life of staying awake and connected, true to her ideals. One star among many illuminates so much. 

Carol Harada
  • Ashley James
Print Info
  • B&W/Color
  • DCP
  • 107 mins
  • Maureen Gosling
Additional Info
  • Producer: Jed Riffe

    Executive Producers: Nina Menéndez, Danny Glover, Jonathan Logan, Nancy Blachman and TM Scruggs

    Graphic Design/Animation: Sianey Montes de Oca

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