From Juke Joints to Church Halls: Jazz and Blues Film Fest
June 3-19 @ Cinematheque
Cinematheque, 100 Arthur Street
(Arthur and Bannatyne in the Artspace Bldg)
Film Info line: 204-925-3456 (ext. one)

Advance Tickets available:

In conjunction with the upcoming TD Winnipeg International Jazz Festival, Cinematheque presents the Winnipeg premiere of terrific new films on jazz and blues with a pop-up jazz and blues record sale from Into The Music, special introductions, draw for prizes, and a panel on the portrayal of jazz and blues artists on film! Generously sponsored by The Joanne Lesko Group (Joanne Lesko, Cindi French and Tara King)



Saturday, June 11 / 1:30 – 5 pm
Pop up Jazz and Blues Record Sale presented by Into the Music – New vinyl by Chet Baker, Etta James, Billie Holiday, Nina Simone, and the Blue Note line, plus used jazz LP’s and CD’s. Many great finds. Artspace Lobby, 100 Arthur Street (Arthur and Bannatyne)

Sunday, June 12 / 3 pm
Panel: Portrayal of Jazz and Blues Artists on Film – Several Winnipeg musicians and panelists speak about how they see jazz artists portrayed on film. Did Ethan Hawke capture the real Chet Baker? What are some of your favourite films? What did they get right or wrong? In addition to screening clips several panelists will discuss their favourites.

Moderator Neil Coligan is the host of Jazz After 9 on Winnipeg’s Classic 107 which is heard Monday to Friday from 9 until midnight. He is a widely experienced news broadcaster who has turned his love for jazz into a paying gig and a vehicle for promoting Canadian talent. Confirmed panelists include Emily Kidd, a trumpet player and vocalist from the University of Manitoba’s jazz program. She will be performing a tribute to the music of Chet Baker at this year’s Winnipeg Jazz Festival. Vladimir Simosko who is a performing musician since 1959 and has lectured on jazz history off & on from 1968-2010. He has written many jazz articles, reviews, & three published books on Eric Dolphy, Serge Chaloff, & Artie Shaw; Marc Glassman (through skype) – huge jazz fan and arts journalist, film programmer, teacher and former proprietor of one of Canada’s best bookstores, Pages in Toronto; Quincy Davis – a world-renowned drummer who has been teaching at the University of Manitoba for the last 6 years. Before moving to Winnipeg, he lived in New York City where he played with many luminaries of jazz with whom he continues to play when he is not teaching.

The Devil’s Horn
Directed By Larry Weinstein
2015, Canada, 85 min

Friday, June 3 / 9 pm
Saturday, June 4 / 3 pm
Friday, June 17 / 9 pm
Saturday & Sunday, June 18 & 19 / 3 pm

Did you know that the saxophone was banned from the Earth by the Nazis? Saxophones were burned and saxophonists were jailed and exiled. Larry Weinstein (director of Inside Hana’s Suitcase, Mozartballs, Stormy Weather: The Music of Howard Arlen) returns with his latest documentary about the history of the saxophone and the fate of some of history’s greatest saxophone players. Follow Weinstein as he explores the origins of Adolphe Sax, the creator of the saxophone 150 years ago and the role the sax has played over time and across borders. This documentary will make you see saxophones in a whole new light.

Born to Be Blue
Directed by Robert Budreau
2015, Canada, 97 min

Saturday, June 4 / 7 pm
Sunday, June 5 / 3 pm
Wednesday, June 8 / 7 pm
Thursday & Friday, June 9 & 10 / 9 pm
Saturday, June 11 / 3 pm & 7 pm
Sunday, June 12 / 7 pm

Opening night introduced by Emily Kidd

In what Variety calls “one of the best performances of his career”, Ethan Hawke is utterly magnetic as Chet Baker, the legendary trumpeter and singer who, after becoming a jazz icon in the 1950s, became equally famous for his drug addiction. Born to be Blue re-imagines Baker’s life as a mixture of fact and fiction, picking up his story late in his career when, after years of heroin abuse, financial loss, and public disgrace, he attempts to stage a comeback. Much more than a standard biopic, this film takes an imaginative approach true to its subject’s own creative nature as it portrays the life of an artist whose contributions to the music world were as grand as his addictions were tragic.

“It’s hard to describe, but I always imagine if you laid down in your room and
put on a Chet Baker record, this is the movie that you would imagine.” -Ethan Hawke

“Hawke gives a riveting performance from first scene to last.” –


I Am the Blues
Directed by Daniel Cross
2015, Canada, 106 min

Saturday, June 4 / 9 pm
Sunday, June 5 / 7 pm
Thursday & Friday, June 9 & 10 / 7 pm
Saturday, June 11 / 9 pm
Thursday, June 16 / 9 pm
Saturday, June 18 / 9 pm

A new documentary that takes the audience on a smoking hot journey through the swamps of the Louisiana Bayou, the juke joints of the Mississippi Delta and the moonshine-soaked BBQs of the North Mississippi Hill Country. It visits the last original blues devils, many in their 80s, still living in the deep south, working without management and touring the Chitlin’ Circuit. Let Bobby Rush, Barbara Lynn, Henry Gray, Carol Fran, Lazy Lester, Little Freddie King, Bilbo Walker, RL Boyce, Jimmy ’Duck’ Holmes, Lil’ Buck Sinegal, LC Ulmer and their friends awaken the blues in all of us.

“The blues men share their memories, play jam sessions (including a thrilling slice of boogie-woogie piano by 90-year-old Henry Gray) and go about their daily lives, fishing for lobster, barbecuing, playing on the veranda and visiting old friends from the music scene – before it’s too late.” – International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam

“Daniel Cross has gone excavating in the south to unearth the legends that never were of a genre that feels forever in the past. The performances feel organic and in some cases truly heartbreaking.” – Derek Deskins, Next Projection


Song of Lahore
Directed by Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy & Andy Schocken
2015, USA, 82 min
English & Urdu w/ English subtitles

Wednesday – Sunday, June 15 – 19 / 7 pm

In 1977, Pakistan passed the Sharia law, condemning all music as sinful. Although the ban has since been relaxed, it left the country with very few musicians. This superb film follows the Pakistan-based music group the Sachal Studios Orchestra, whose rendition of Dave Brubeck’s Take Five became a YouTube sensation with over 1 million views. This brought them to the attention of legendary trumpeter Wynton Marsalis who invited them to New York to perform with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. After a groundbreaking week of rehearsals fraught with tension and high expectations from Marsalis, the musicians take to the stage for a remarkable concert.

“A crowd-pleasing documentary mixes a Buena Vista Social Club-style rediscovery of forgotten musicians with an American adventure.” – Indiewire

“A joyous and riveting film. Will have audiences grinning from ear to ear….has real resonance.”
– The Wrap


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