Mavis! took about two years to shoot and follows Mavis around on tour, while also providing an biography of her career. The film also features interviews with music figures, such as Bob Dylan, Bonnie Raitt, and Jeff Tweedy. However, there will a few interviews that Edwards would have liked to get for the film, but couldn't. "We do have footage of Prince in the film, but I would have loved to sit down and talk to him about her or maybe have them talk to each other, but Prince will do what Prince wants to do," says Edwards. "Aretha Franklin was another person we had actually talked to about being in the film and we couldn’t make that happen."
When it is all said and done, Jessica Edwards hopes that audiences will relate with Mavis Staples the same ways that she has. "I set out to make the film, because of the way that I felt when she performs and sing, so my hope that they’ll gain the kind of inspiration that I gained from her."
Mavis! opens today at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema