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SPOTLIGHT

KEEP ON KEEPIN' ON

Directed by Alan Hicks
FEATURE DOCUMENTARY 86 Minutes World Premiere
FILM GUIDE KEEP ON KEEPIN' ON
In his melodic debut, Australian-director Alan Hicks spent four years following the charming and sometimes poignant mentorship between jazz-legend Clark Terry and blind piano prodigy, Justin Kaulflin, during a pivotal moment in each of their lives. At eighty-nine years old, ‘CT’ has played alongside Duke Ellington and Count Basie; his pupils include Miles Davis and Quincy Jones, but his most unlikely friendship is with Justin, a 23-year-old with uncanny talent but debilitating nerves. As Justin prepares for a competition that could jumpstart his budding career, CT’s failing health threatens his own. Beautifully nostalgic with a reverence for the importance of finding your own sound, Keep On Keepin’ On celebrates an iconic musician while introducing one of equal vibrancy. It is a mentoring tale as inspirational as its subjects.

-Genna Terranova


Movie & Music Special Event: Quincy Jones, producer of Keep On Keepin’ On has produced a dream performance after the premiere of the film at the Tribeca Film Festival on Saturday, April 19th at the Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC). Herbie Hancock, Esperanza Spalding, Dianne Reeves, Roy Hargrove and Justin Kauflin will grace the stage of the theater after the initial screening to honor jazz legend Clark Terry, who stars in the film.
Documentary, Music, First Time Filmmaker
About the Director(s)
Director Alan Hicks is a drummer and former student of Clark Terry who has traveled the world as a member of his ensemble. Along with Adam Hart, the director of photography, the two have become part of Clark and Justin’s extended family, which has given them unprecedented access to intimately capture their story.

Film Info
  • Section:
    Spotlight
  • Year:
    2014
  • Length:
    86 minutes
  • Language:
    English
  • Country:
    USA
  • Premiere:
    World
  • Connect:
Cast & Credits
  • Associate Producer:
    Davis Coombe, Curtis Pesmen
  • Cast:
    Clark Terry, Justin Kauflin, Gwen Terry, Quincy Jones, Herbie Hancock, Phyllis Kauflin
  • Cinematographer:
    Adam Hart
  • Composer:
    Justin Kauflin, David Grusin
  • Co-Producer:
    Karl Kister, John Caulkin
  • Director:
    Alan Hicks
  • Editor:
    Davis Coombe
  • Executive Producer:
    Alan Hicks, Adam Hart, Adam Fell, David Skinner, Tom Gorai, Jill Mazursky
  • Producer:
    Quincy Jones, Paula DuPre' Pesmen
  • Screenwriter:
    Alan Hicks, Davis Coombe

Contacts
  • Print Source
    Paula DuPre' Pesmen
    Absolute Clay Productions, LLC
    Boulder, 80304
    Phone: 303 818 0850
    paula@clayfilms.com
  • US Sales Contact
    Josh Braun
    Submarine
    New York, NY 10013
    Phone: 212 625 1410
    josh@submarine.com
  • International Sales Contact
    Josh Braun
    Submarine
    New York, NY 10013
    Phone: 212 625 1410
    josh@submarine.com
  • Press Contact
    Marian Koltai-Levine
    PMK*BNC
    New York, NY 10017
    Phone: 212 373 6130
    marian.koltai@pmkbnc.com

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