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Carol Bash has a solid background in broadcast journalism, independent filmmaking and historical documentaries. In April 2002, Ms. Bash founded Paradox Films. The company’s mission is to give voice to those in society who live paradoxically: people who we see but are not seen; who speak but are not heard; who walk among us but are not felt. Mary Lou Williams: The Lady Who Swings the Band, a one-hour documentary on the renowned jazz pianist, composer and arranger Mary Lou Williams is the company’s premier project. The film is in post-production and has received funding from the NEH, NBPC, New York State Council on the Arts, Duke University, LEF Foundation, among others. Also in development is Common Ground: The Good Fight of Malik Rahim, a one-hour documentary that follows the charismatic and controversial founder of The Common Ground Collective in his daunting mission to rebuild New Orleans. The film received Diversity Development funding from ITVS.
In conjunction with her role at Paradox Films, Ms. Bash has been an archival researcher on several prestigious documentary film productions: Freedom Riders, an upcoming PBS American Experience documentary for Firelight Media; Banished, for Two-Tone Productions, which premiered at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival and aired on the PBS series Independent Lens; Freedom Summer, also for Two-Tone Productions, which premiered on The History Channel as part of its series Ten Days that Unexpectedly Changed America; and African American Lives, a four-part PBS series, for Kunhardt Productions.
As a independent documentary filmmaker, Ms. Bash has worked in various capacities at Firelight Media, an award winning film production company: as Coordinating Producer of Beyond Brown: Pursuing the Promise, a one-hour PBS documentary that commemorated the anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision; as Producer, Director, and Cinematographer for Take Back the Courts, an outreach documentary on the rolling back of civil rights legislation for the National Campaign to Restore Civil Rights; and as Cinematographer and Associate Producer for A Place of Our Own that screened at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival and aired on the PBS series Independent Lens. She also was an Associate Producer for Blackside, Inc.’s six-part PBS historical documentary series, This Far by Faith: African-American Spiritual Journeys.
In 1995, Ms. Bash earned her Masters in Media Studies from the New School for Social Research. While there, she produced, directed, filmed and edited two short award-winning films. Prior to her career as an independent documentary filmmaker, she worked in broadcast television in various production capacities for HBO, BBC and CBS News.