Keep on Keepin' On

September 17th, 2014


Keep on Keepin' On

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A documentary that follows jazz legend Clark Terry over four years to document the mentorship between Terry and 23-year-old blind piano prodigy Justin Kauflin as the young man prepares to compete in an elite, international competition.

Release Year: 2014

Rating: 7.9/10 (76 voted)

Critic's Score: /100

Director: Alan Hicks

Stars: Clark Terry, Justin Kauflin, Quincy Jones

First-time director/drummer from Australia, Alan Hicks, convinced his surfing mate and cinematographer, Adam Hart, to travel to the U.S. to follow and film 89-year-old jazz legend, Clark Terry (Quincy Jones's first teacher) over four years - to document an unlikely mentorship between Terry and a driven, blind piano prodigy, Justin Kauflin, 23. Clark, now 93, mentored Miles Davis as a young musician and is among the few performers ever to have played in both Count Basie's and Duke Ellington's bands. In Keep On Keepin' On, as Justin is invited to compete in an elite, international competition while battling terrible stage fright, Clark's health takes a critical turn for the worse. Over the course of filming, Clark loses his sight, which deepens his bond with Justin. As clocks tick, we are suddenly witness to two great friends tackling the toughest challenges of their interwoven lives. The film, from the producer of The Cove and Chasing Ice, captures the passing of the torch from a ...

Writers: Davis Coombe, Alan Hicks

Candy - Herself
Terri Lyne Carrington - Herself
Quincy Cavers - Himself
Bill Cosby - Himself
Herbie Hancock - Himself
Quincy Jones - Himself
Frank Kauflin - Himself
Justin Kauflin - Himself
Phylis Kauflin - Herself
Sandi McCree - Herself
Mulgrew Miller - Himself
Kevin Neaton - Clark Terry Small Group
Dianne Reeves - Herself
Arturo Sandoval - Himself
Clark Terry - Himself

Taglines: Their love of music inspired the friendship of a lifetime.

Country: USA

Language: English

Release Date: 19 September 2014

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User Review


Rating: 10/10

This film will tug at your heart strings. Clark Terry is a beautiful human being who has made a difference one person, one note, at a time. You will walk away from this film and find yourself thinking about it for a long time after. It is the story of how our lives intersect with people and the difference that even one relationship can make for a lifetime. Watching the relationship between CT and the young prodigy, Justin (and Candy) leaves you wishing you could be in the room with them breathing in whatever they are putting out. There are multiple relationships taking place during the film and each is just as important as another. It is a film showing real life with all of its joy, sorry, fear, anxiety, pain, love, and compassion. I have seen this film twice and can't wait to see it again and share it with everyone I know. I am also keeping an eye out for whatever is around the corner for the talented Justin Kauflin.


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