Keep on Keepin On

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Shot over the course of five years by first-time Australian filmmaker Alan Hicks, Keep On Keepin’ On depicts 23-year-old blind piano prodigy Justin Kauflin and his teacher, 89-year-old legendary trumpeter Clark Terry. After a life spent mentoring the most totemic figures in jazz history — from the film’s co-producer Quincy Jones to Miles Davis — Terry takes the preternaturally gifted Kauflin under his wing. Not long after Kauflin is invited to compete in an elite jazz competition, Terry’s health takes a turn for the worse. As the clock ticks, we see two friends confront the toughest challenges of their lives. Kauflin’s work on the film’s score with composer Dave Grusin sets the tone for a story covering decades. Keep On Keepin’ On received honors at last year’s Newport Beach, Seattle International and Tribeca film festivals and now is screening at New York’s Symphony Space.

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