CELEBRATE BLACK HISTORY MONTH AT THE SUMMER OF THE ARTS JAZZ FILM FESTIVAL
Warm up this winter with a little jazz. Saturday February 2, 2008, the City of Iowa City's Summer of the Arts (SotA) will present a Jazz Film Festival at the Englert Theatre. The day long festival, which runs from 12:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. will kick off Black History Month with films, live music, panel discussions, complimentary hors d ‘oeuvres, and a silent auction to benefit SotA programming. All activities are free and open to the public.
The line up includes:
12:30 p.m. - The Sound of Jazz - 58 minutes: This landmark live television program on CBS aired December 8, 1957 and featured most of the top East Coast Jazz musicians of the day. Features performances by Billie Holliday, Lester Young, Gerry Mulligan, Count Basie, Henry Red Allen, Jimmy Giuffre and Coleman Hawkins.
1:45 p.m. -- Miles Electric: A Different Kind of Blue - 123 minutes: A film dramatizing the difficult decision Miles Davis went through during his change to the fusion, electric period. Culminates in a 38 minute concert from the Isle of Wight in 1970.
3:45 p.m. -- Panel Discussion with local musicians, professors and jazz enthusiasts
4:30 p.m. - Live Music & Networking: Relax to the sound of live local jazz music. Enjoy complimentary Hors d ‘Oeuvres and participate in a silent auction to benefit SotA.
6:30 p.m. - Straight No Chaser, Rated PG-13, 1989 - 90 minutes
Composer and pianist, Thelonious Monk was a seminal figure in bebop and a major influence on later developments in jazz. Interviews with friends and family along with live performances paint a portrait of Monk, who created an enduring body of musical works.
8:00 p.m. - Panel Discussion with local musicians, professors and jazz enthusiasts
8:30 p.m. - Round Midnight, Rated R, 1986 - 130 minutes: This film stars tenor saxophonist Dexter Gordon, who was nominated for an Oscar for his performance. The plot is loosely based on lives of pianist Bud Powell and tenor sax player Lester Young.
The Jazz Film Festival is the first "year round" programming opportunity offered by SotA. The City of Iowa City's Summer of the Arts includes: the Toyota-Scion of Iowa City Jazz Festival, Iowa Arts Festival, Saturday Night Free Movie Series, Friday Night Concert Series, and Landlocked Film Festival. SotA provides resources, marketing tools, and a consistent image for local events and festivals. The mission of SotA is to build community by bringing people together to experience, learn about, and enjoy the arts.
Click here to download the 2008 Jazz Film Festival Poster.