That’s My Jazz

Filmmaker Ben Proudfoot, 2018, 14 min, U.S.A.
Social Media Handle: @breakwaterstudios, breakwaterstudios.com

WEBBY AWARD WINNER!

Milt Abel II, a world renowned pastry chef, reflects on his relationship with his deceased father Milton Abel Sr., famed Kansas City Jazz musician.

Milt Abel II, the son of Kansas City jazz legend, Milt Abel Sr., longed to follow in the fortuitous footsteps of his father, but on a different stage. From a young age he found his passion in the culinary arts, working his way from being a dishwasher in diners to the head pastry chef at Thomas Keller’s prestigious restaurant, The French Laundry, and sous pastry chef at the two-Michelin-star Noma. But while Milt II was rising to the top in his career, his father’s was slowly coming to an end. “That’s My Jazz” follows Milt II at the peak of his career yet facing the realization of his own limitations. Finding himself at a critical crossroad of life, Milt II pushes the button to turn back time, reflecting on the rise of his star and its intersection with the sunset of his father’s.

Strange Tenants: Ska’d for Life

Filmmaker: Fiona Cochrane
2019, 53 mins., Australia

Trailer: Click Here
Film Website: www.f-reel.com/Strange-Tenants.html

Strange Tenants were the “Godfathers of Australian Ska”, emerging in the 1980s in the wake of UK two-tone ska bands like The Specials but producing original political ska songs unlike most other Australian ska bands. 36 years later they’re still around and still political.

The Poster Boys

Filmmakers: Joshua Lamme Hilliard, Bob Simmons
72 mins. U.S.A.

Trailer: Click Here 
Two young artists help develop a visual language that became an integral part of Austin’s music scene and underground culture, beginning in the 1960s and 70s.

Armed only with pen and ink, a few artists found a need and filled it, and along the way, changed a sleepy Texas town into a vibrant international city. The Poster Boys is the story of a few artists who pooled their talents to visually inform a cultural revolution in Austin, Texas. Beginning in the proto-psychedelic late 60’s through to the cosmic cowboy 70s, they created thousands of images to promote the music and defined the city along the way. In so doing, they set a scene that went on to define an internationally recognized artist-centered city. This feature doc is a tale about a special time and a place that will not be seen again, but begs to be examined and celebrated. The film drops a formal film score and instead is set against the music of the era, including Roky Erickson and the 13th Floor Elevators, Shiva’s Headband, Mance Lipscomb, and other other psychedelic, blues and country tracks of its day.

Facebook: @PosterBoysTheMovie