Body and Soul: An American Bridge
Josh Kun of the Annenberg School of Communications proclaims that every musical encounter is a cross-cultural encounter. Out of all such encounters that have resulted in the richness of American popular music, none has been so prominent or so fraught with fraternity and conflict as the one between African Americans and American Jews.
Body and Soul: An American Bridge aims to tease out the strands of this cultural knot by focusing on the early performance history of the jazz standard, “Body and Soul,” one of the most recorded songs in the jazz repertoire. Composed by Jewish composer Johnny Green in 1929, the song was introduced on Broadway by Jewish torch singer Libby Holman and ushered into the jazz canon by Louis Armstrong the following year. Four years later, the successful recording of "Body and Soul" by a behind-the-scenes Benny Goodman trio which included the Black pianist Teddy Wilson led to the historic smashing of the color barrier in popular music.
Best Music Documentary -- San Francisco Black Film Festival
Oakland International Film Festival
San Francisco Black Film Festival
Vancouver Lift-Off Global Film Festival On-Line
Baltimore International Black Film Festival
San Diego Jewish Film Festival
Atlanta Jewish Film Festival
Pan African Film Festival (Los Angeles)
East Bay Jewish Film Festival
Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival
American Documentary Film Festival (Palm Springs)
Washington Jewish Film Festival