4th Annual Blackstar Film Festival
Music is at the heart of this shorts collection, as the
hopes and dreams of several musicians unfold on screen. Over jazz, hip-hop, and
gospel soundtracks, these films delve into the world of music production and
give us a glimpse into the lives of the innovators behind these tracks.
Discover the complexities of being a father and a rapper, learn about the
difficult of the jazz great Bud Powell, follow Wynton Marsalis as he produces
groundbreaking jazz-gospel fusion, and witness the tenacity of an artist who
struggles to create his art.
Films include: Amazing: The Tests and Triumph of Bud Powell; Dreams Don’t Chase Themselves; Everyone Has a Place; and Spit.
Amazing: The Tests and Triumph of Bud Powell
Short Documentary. United States, 2014, 16 min.
This film is based on the filmmaker’s book The Amazing Bud Powell: Black Genius, Jazz History and the Challenge of Bebop (2013), which is a meditation on the life, music, significance and challenges of pianist Bud Powell. An architect of the 1940s modern jazz style called bebop, Powell cuts an especially intriguing figure as he establishes himself as a virtuoso improvisor and composer while he struggles with bouts in and out of mid-twentieth century mental institutions.
Dreams Don’t Chase Themselves
Short Narrative. United States, 2015, 11 min.
Hezekiah continues to push the culture forward with “Dreams Don’t Chase Themselves”, his latest project, which features a short film plus Jazz Deluxe Instrumentals.
Everyone Has a Place
Short Documentary. United States, 2014, 26 min.
Everyone Has A Place is a short musical documentary featuring a ground-breaking collaboration of jazz and gospel. This body of work is entitled, Abyssinian: A Gospel Celebration. It was composed by the American musical treasure, Wynton Marsalis. This inspirational work of art was performed by a unique pairing of the Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis and choir Chorale Le Chateau led by conductor Damien Sneed. The film features a series of in-depth interviews, moving concert footage and a candid peek backstage. Everyone Has A Place is a toe-tapping, hand-clapping, musical tapestry that will entertain, uplift and inspire.
directed by: Mtume Gant
Short Narrative. United States, 2015, 16 min.
Spit is the story of Jeremiah Monk One Sinclair, a New York hip hop artist who has never had any real success, and who has decided to call it quits.