Brothers Hypnotic follows the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, a Chicago-based brass group featuring the eight sons of legendary jazz trumpeter Phil Cohran, whose music ties the currents of jazz, funk, and hip-hop. Reuben Atlas' film follows the brothers as they make their way on the streets of New York and in the music business, but with stardom on the horizon, they must test their father's ideals against their own brotherly vision.
During an era when Jazz was the nation’s most popular music, Mary Lou Williams was one of its greatest innovators. As both a pianist and composer, she was a wellspring of daring and creativity who helped shape the sound of 20th century America. And like the dynamic, turbulent nation in which she lived, Williams seemed to re-define herself with every passing decade. From World War I through the Vietnam War, from the birth of jazz to the height of rock and roll, Mary Lou Williams: The Lady Who Swings the Band, by filmmaker Carol Bash, follows a jazz icon who was determined to create in a world that could not see past her race or gender. Join us in congratulating both filmmakers!
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November 28, 2022
“Power shapes content!” Chi-hui Yang captured in three words an unspoken truth about the practice of documentary filmmaking. In the four years since the JustFilm head’s keynote at the 2018 International Documentary Association’s Getting Real conference, filmmakers have contended with a racial reckoning, a global pandemic, and their own approach to…
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Independent Lens and the Pulitzer Prize-winning Louisville Courier Journal (LCJ) raised awareness of Kentucky's Persistent Felony Offender (PFO) through a collaboration between independent filmmakers and journalists. The investigative series drew a link between the law's enhanced sentencing terms to the state’s high and growing prison…
June 1, 2022
Documentary storytelling increased understanding about the inequities in the U.S. justice system.