Tar Baby Jane is a short portrait documentary about sculptor and performance artist Vanessa German. The film focuses on Ms. German's simultaneous preparations for an upcoming gallery exhibition and a production of her one-woman-show, Root, at the Vineyard Playhouse's African-American Festival of Theater and Music in Martha's Vineyard.
Through observation and interviews, Tar Baby Jane reveals how Vanessa is constructing her own identity as an artist and woman as she pieces together and gives life to the tar babies, poems and performances that define, shape and reveal her life. The film also explores how Vanessa is battling depression and a family history of mental illness as she is experiencing a heightened critical and public interest in her work.
Written, produced, directed, shot and edited by Gregory Scott Williams, Jr.; music by Steve Gunn; Executive Producer, Seith Mann.