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Jazz Film Fest: Artie Shaw: Time is All You’ve Got

Thu, Oct 15 / 6:30 pm
Sun, Oct 18 / 4:30 pm
Directed by Brigitte Berman
1985, Canada, 114 min

Zoom conversation with Academy Award winning director Brigitte Berman following the October 15th screening.

Unseen for many years, Brigitte Berman’s Oscar-winning documentary is an exemplary portrait of the restless, gifted bandleader, whose complex love/hate relationship with fame led him to walk away from performing almost as many times as he walked out on his string of celebrity wives (whose ranks included Lana Turner and Evelyn Keyes). Tracing Shaw’s eventful life and career as he broke the colour barrier by working with such legendary performers as Billie Holliday and Roy Eldridge, was accused of being a communist, and periodically abandoned music to pursue his own interests (including writing novels and designing his own house), Time Is All You’ve Got remains the gold standard of big-screen jazz biographies. (TIFF)

*German Canadian director Brigitte Berman studied English and Film at Queen’s University and later went on to create two of the finest jazz documentaries ever made: Bix: ‘Ain’t None of Them Play Like Him Yet’ (1981) and Artie Shaw: Time Is All You’ve Got (1985) which won an Academy Award for Best Documentary. Packed with detailed research, archival footage, and interviews Artie Shaw is a model film for documentary filmmakers in the use of extensive, thorough research.

Presented in collaboration with the TD Winnipeg International Jazz Festival.

Reviews

A remarkable depiction of a brilliant, difficult artist..a film that received rapturous reviews.
-Chris Morris, Music Reporter.
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