Sembène Film Festival: Keep On Keepin' OnWednesday, January 18, 2017 @ 7 p.m.
Join us for a screening of Keep On Keepin’ On, presented in partnership with Sembène – The Film & Art Festival and City of Asylum.
KEEP ON KEEPIN’ ON depicts the friendship of music legend and teacher Clark Terry, 89 and Justin Kauflin, a 23-year-old, blind piano prodigy. Kauflin, who suffers from debilitating stage fright, is invited to compete in an elite Jazz competition, just as Terry’s health takes a turn for the worse. As the clock ticks, we see two friends confront the toughest challenges of their lives.
Terry was also Quincy Jones first teacher, and mentor to Miles Davis. He is one of the few performers ever to have played in both Count Basie’s and Duke Ellington’s bands. In the 1960s Terry broke the color barriers as the first African-American staff musician at NBC—on Johnny Carson’s THE TONIGHT SHOW.
Sembène – The Film & Art Festival – is a group of scholars, activists and film aficionados. Our mission is to celebrate the life, showcase the work and honor the legacy of African Filmmaker Ousmane Sembene, through film and other complementary cultural events.
The Festival serves both as a vehicle and catalyst: to honor the life, work and legacy of Ousmane Sembene and to showcase film makers and other art/cultural events that speak, unflinchingly, to the important issues facing the modern African Diaspora.