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.
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.
Length: 86 minutes
Director: Alan Hicks
Screenwriter: Alan Hicks, Davis Coombe
Producer: Quincy Jones, Paula DuPre' Pesmen
Editor: Davis Coombe
Associate Producer: Davis Coombe, Curtis Pesmen
Cinematographer: Adam Hart
Executive Producer: Alan Hicks, Adam Hart, Adam Fell, David Skinner, Tom Gorai, Jill Mazursky
Composer: Justin Kauflin, David Grusin
Co-Producer: Karl Kister, John Caulkin
Cast: Clark Terry, Justin Kauflin, Gwen Terry, Quincy Jones, Herbie Hancock, Phyllis Kauflin
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.