Black February Will Screen in Istanbul

ImageWe’re proud to announce that Black February will screen at the 23rd Akbank Jazz Festival in Istanbul on October 1.

The festival will be paying tribute to the maestro this year by showing the film, and then on October 5 will be holding a panel about Butch and his music with his longtime collaborator and great friend Brandon Ross.

Istanbul was a special place for Butch. He lived there for two years as composer in residence at Bilgi University, and continued visiting throughout his life.

Butch played at the festival in 1992, and the performances were immortalized as Conductions 25 and 26.

Here’s a clip of Butch conducting the Nublu “Istanbul” Orchestra in 2011.

Black February at the BlackStar Film Festival, Philadelphia

2012-BlackStar-GuideWe’re pleased to announce that Black February will be screening at the BlackStar Film Festival in Philadelphia.

The film will play at 6:30 pm on Saturday, Aug. 3 at Drexel University.

BlackStar is a celebration of cinema focused on work by and about people of African descent in a global context.

Butch was acutely aware of his heritage as an African American man and the limitations that society tried to place on him because of that. He saw Conduction as a way of breaking through those racial and musical boundaries, which existed even in New York in the ’70s and ’80s. Part of Butch’s genius arose out of his willingness to actively use Conduction to subvert those limitations and preconceptions.

In the clip below, Brandon Ross, Greg Tate, and Howard Mandel tell the story of Conduction No. 1, which became the celebrated album, Current Trends in Racism in Modern America.

Halifax Jazz Festival

More good news, fresh off our NYC premiere at the Anthology Film Archives (pictures coming soon): Black February will be screening at the Halifax Jazz Festival in July! Our Canadian premiere. We’ll have details about the screening schedule soon, but we’re already looking forward to it. Haligonians, see you there!

Earshot Jazz Film Festival in Seattle

We’re very happy to announce that Black February will be screening at the Earshot Jazz Film Festival series at the Northwest Film Forum in Seattle. There will be two screenings on Wednesday, Nov. 2 at 7:00 pm and 8:30 pm. Tell your friends and relatives and go yourself if you live there!

Sheffield Videotheque

Black February has been selected as one of the films to be included in the Sheffield Doc/Fest Videotheque. Doc/Fest curated the selection, and will be featuring our film for viewing at the festival, which runs between June 8 and 12. TV buyers, distributors, sales agents, festival programmers, other decision makers and Doc/Fest delegates will be able to watch the doc on demand, so if you’re going to the festival, look us up and check out our work of love.

Lisbon!

Black February will be screening Aug. 7 at the Jazz em Agosto festival in Lisbon! Come on out if you’re around. It looks like a great lineup.