Movie:Keep on Keepin’ On


Keep on Keepin’ On
Wednesday , January 18, 2017

City of Asylum @ Alphabet City

40 West North Avenue, Pittsburgh 15212

7 PM
Discussion Leader:  Thomas Wendt

A Co-presentation of Sembène – The Film & Arts Festival & City of Asylum

This event is free but you must RSVP


Winner of more than 15 awards including the Audience Award at the 2014 Tribeca International Film Festival.


Country: United States   Year: 2014      Length:  84 minutes

Director: Alan Hicks         Executive Producer: Quincy Jones

Official Trailer:         Official Website



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.