CVPA's Young Alumni Commissioning Project and VFS: Jada Salter with Just the Two of Us

Saturday, February 3, 2024 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM EST
Johnson Center, Cinema

Join us for a special screening of Jada Salter's new film, Just the Two of Us

Just the Two of Us tells the story of filmmaker Jada Salter's grandfather, William ("Salty Bill") Salter, three-time Grammy Award winner, composer, musician, and writer of the song, "Just the Two of Us." He also wrote other famous songs, including "Where Is the Love?" and "Mister Magic."

“I want the world to know who my grandfather is.” 

Jada recalls that she just was eight years old and a Will Smith fan when she found out that her grandfather had written "Just the Two of Us." She also learned that Will Smith's 1997 cover was one of several versions of the song, including Grover Washington Jr. and co-writer Bill Withers' 1981 hit.

The film is a labor of love, in addition to all other sorts of filmmaking labor. Jada worked with her father, Jamal (William's son). The film showcases William's many achievements, from attending New York City's prestigious High School of the Performing Arts, to playing bass for Pete Seeger (when William was just 17 years old), Nancy Wilson, Harry Belafonte and Miriam Makeba, to releasing his own album in 1977, "It Is So Beautiful To Be."

In addition to Jada Salter (Director and Executive Producer), the film's credits feature a number of Film at Mason graduates and two former professors as Directors of Photography: Taylor Spears (Executive Producer), Alexander Hammett (Executive Producer and Assistant Editor), Ladawn Manuel (Director of Photography), and Damien Coor (Director of Photography).

See Mason Arts for more information. 

See this story on Jada's TikTok going viral in 2020.

See this interview at StoryCorps.

See this interview with Jada and Bill at NPR

This event is presented by George Mason University's Film and Video Studies Program, the College of Visual and Performing Arts, and the Visiting Filmmakers Series.  


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