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A young blind man with his mentor
Keep on Keepin' On


Keep on Keepin’ On


Jazz on Film 2015

Seasons & Screenings

31 May - 7 Jun

Brimming with humour and compassion, this inspiring documentary by Australian filmmaker Alan Hicks looks at the unique friendship between 83-year-old Clark Terry, one of jazz’s most enduring players, and Justin Kauflin, a 23- year-old blind musical prodigy. A pioneer in jazz education, Terry has mentored the likes of Miles Davis and Quincy Jones but it is his guidance of the stage-shy Kauflin that is the crux of this moving film.

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  • Terry’s musical guidance and generosity are highlighted in this deeply moving documentary as he supports Kauflin through his debilitating stage fright and helps him compete in an elite jazz competition. During this time, Terry’s health takes a turn for the worse but the strength the unlikely pair draws from each other helps them overcome their biggest challenges.

    “A rare musical mentorship, captured with heart and soul.” – A.O. Scott, The New York Times

    “Two remarkable men—one young, one old—fuel each other’s spirits in [this] beautiful documentary.” – Leonard Maltin