Keep On Keepin' On

Spotlight

World Premiere

USA | 86 MINUTES

KEEP ON KEEPIN' ON

Documentary, Music, First Time Filmmaker
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.

CAST & CREDITS

Directed by Alan Hicks

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.
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

CONTACTS

Press Contact
Marian Koltai-Levine
PMK*BNC
New York, NY 10017
Phone: 212 373 6130
marian.koltai@pmkbnc.com
International Sales Contact
Josh Braun
Submarine
New York, NY 10013
Phone: 917 687 3111
josh@submarine.com
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: 917 687 3111
josh@submarine.com