This past Friday, the 2014 HIFF SummerDocs season continued with Keep On Keepin’ On, a moving portrait of the unlikely friendship between two jazz musicians: 90-year-old Clark Terry, who has played trumpet with the masters (Duke Ellington, Count Basie), and Justin Kauflin, a 23-year-old blind piano player with dreams as big as his talent. Directed by first-time Australian filmmaker Al Hicks, the film was executive produced by legendary music producer Quincy Jones, who was Terry’s very first student decades ago.
After the screening at Guild Hall, the audience was treated to a funny and insightful conversation between Hicks, HIFF Artistic Director David Nugent, and Alec Baldwin, the SummerDocs series host. The trio riffed on topics ranging from jazz music to surfing to the financial struggles faced by young filmmakers today.
If you missed the screening, you can catch it in theaters across the country later this year. You can also follow the movie on Facebook and Twitter. In the meantime, check out the video of Friday’s SummerDocs Q&A:
Next up at SummerDocs:
♦ Saturday, August 16
♦ 7:30 pm
♦ Guild Hall of East Hampton
♦ Get tickets