Closing Out Our Historic First Decade with an Historic Documentary Film — & Party!


Join us in celebrating our first decade with
“Body & Soul”
March 28, 2018 @ Ciné • Time T.B.A.
Followed by our Closing Night Party
@ Hotel Indigo.

Josh Kun of the Annenberg School of Communications proclaims that every musical encounter is a cross-cultural encounter. Out of all such encounters that have resulted in the richness of American popular music, none has been so prominent or so fraught with fraternity and conflict as the one between African Americans and American Jews.


Body and Soul: An American Bridge aims to tease out the strands of this cultural knot by focusing on the early performance history of the jazz standard, “Body and Soul,” one of the most recorded songs in the jazz repertoire. Composed by Jewish composer Johnny Green in 1929, the song was introduced on Broadway by Jewish torch singer Libby Holman and ushered into the jazz canon by Louis Armstrong the following year. Four years later, the successful recording of “Body and Soul” by a behind-the-scenes Benny Goodman trio which included the Black pianist Teddy Wilson led to the historic smashing of the color barrier in popular music.

Libby Holman

Jewish torch singer Libby Holman first introduced the song on Broadway.

The Closing Night Screenings & Party are all included with your Festival Pass, along with the other feature films being screened at Ciné March 25-28.
Festival Passes are $45.00. If you don’t buy a Festival Pass this year, you can still join in on the Closing Night fun — Tickets for the party alone will be available for $10.00!
The Closing Night Party again will be held at Hotel Indigo: Music, Food & Fun are guaranteed!