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

Our Closing Night Films & Party are included with your Festival Pass. If you didn’t choose to purchase a Festival Pass this year, feel free to celebrate the closing night of our 10th Anniversary Festival by purchasing a single ticket for $10.00; cash or check at the door, or purchase online.

Join us in closing out our first decade:
• 5:00-6:00 PM—Shorts Competition Winners, Awards & Screenings @ Ciné
• 6:15-7:15 PM—Closing Night Film, “Body & Soul” @ Ciné.

• 7:30 PM—Closing Night Party, Rialto Club, Hotel Indigo Athens.

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.

The Closing Night Screenings & Party are included with your Festival Pass, which now also includes our Opening Night Film following our Gala on Saturday, March 24; along with the other 8 feature films being screened at Ciné March 25-28.

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.
“Body and Soul” Producer/Director will be our special guest on Closing Night.

Robert Philipson

Robert Philipson, Producer/Director, “Body and Soul.”

Libby Holman

Jewish torch singer Libby Holman first introduced “Body and Soul” on Broadway.