Directed by Robert Philipson (USA, 2016, 58 min.). New England Premiere.
Put on your dancing shoes for this toe-tapping documentary. Music broke the color barrier before the US Army and before baseball. The American songbook was forged in part by the collaboration of African Americans and Jews—and by their conflicts as well. This film swings as it looks at the relationships between black and Jewish musicians in the Jazz Age. Featuring Benny Goodman, Teddy Wilson, Johnny Green, Libby Holman, Jack Hylton, John Coltrane, and Louis Armstrong. Winner, Best Music Documentary San Francisco Black Film Festival.
Followed by a discussion with Jeffrey Melnick, one of the film’s subjects.
A Cantor on Trial
Directed by Sidney Goldin (USA, 1931, 10 min.). In Yiddish with English subtitles. World Premiere of new digital restoration
Join us for the world premiere of a new digital restoration. This hilarious short film, starring Leibele Waldman and featuring music by Sholom Secunda, was restored from the archive collection of The National Center for Jewish Film.
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