Fresh of winning the “Audience Award” at Docufest, hosting another successful screening at Seattle’s Northwest Film Forum and hosting recent screenings on the Capitol City Jazz SuperCruise in St. Marteen, Antigua and St. Lucia, we just hosted another exclusive screening in Atlanta to a packed house of enthused special guests. Many thanks to our hosts, the National Academy of Recorded Arts & Science (Atlanta Grammy Chapter), The Atlanta Film Festival, Aalyah Duncan and everyone who came out to our private screening of “FunkJazz Kafé: Diary Of A Decade (The Story Of A Movement)” on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at the classic Plaza Theater. Guests enjoyed the information and educational elements of this exclusive viewing of the documentary movie and the Q&A that followed with the film’s director and producer, Jason Orr, moderated by jazz artist, Joey Summerville . Some where saying that “the movie is inspirational and is an event in itself”! Here’s the Recording Academy’s recap of the event on Grammy365.com.
The Recording Academy Atlanta Chapter in partnership with the Atlanta Film Festival hosted an exclusive screening of FunkJazzKafé: A Diary of A Decade. The film was a cultural time capsule into the Atlanta soul music scene from the early 90s into the early 2000s. The film directed by Jason Orr, which was made to preserve a time in Atlanta’s history when black culture was at an all time high. It was a true renaissance period for underground soul music, and an array of other artistic mediums in Atlanta. The event brought out students, Recording Academy members, and other special guests from our Atlanta music and entertainment community. Following the film, our own Atlanta Chapter elected leader and renowned jazz trumpeter, Joey Sommerville moderated a Q&A with film director, Jason Orr. Many questions and topics were raised about the success of the FunkJazzKafé movement, as well as how something so intriguing could be revived in this day and time. Orr told the audience that movements like the one he started are all about maintaining the integrity of raw creativity, and finding out what people want to see now.
Be prepared to see it when it comes to Charlotte (Nov. 15th), Detroit (Nov. 30th), Chicago, Washington DC, New York City and Honolulu.
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(Photo 1- Recording Academy Sr. Exec. Dir., Michele Caplinger, Photo 2 – Joey Summerville, Photo 3 – “FunkJazz Kafé: Diary Of A Decade” Director, Jason Orr, Photo 4 – Film cast members, Donnie (Soul Artist) & Khary Simmons, Photo 5 – Donnie, Nyrobi, Jason Orr & Khary Simmons, Photo 6 – Chiedza, Nyrobi, Joey Summerville, Jamal, Ahmad, Khary Simmons, Jason Orr, Donnie, LaMont Carson, Aalyah Duncan, Dauod Bowling and Ron Williams, Photo 7 – The FJK Triad…Ron Williams, Jason Orr and Mwangi Kwesi)
Photos by John Crooms