OzDox at the Sydney Film Festival 2014

Ozdox at the Sydney Film Festival
 In Conversation with Alan Hicks 
- director of Keep on Keepin’ On 
Wednesday 11 June • Sydney Film Festival at The Hub, Sydney Town Hall •
5pm drinks / 6pm Session

Drinks 5-6pm at The HUB (Downstairs in the Lower Town Hall).
For Oxdox members there will be drink vouchers (limited).

In Conversation with Alan Hicks 6-7pm (Upstairs in the Treasury Room)

RSVP for Ozdox member required. Please email anthea@sff.org.au with
‘RSVP Ozdox’ in the subject box.

Free entry.  Be early to ensure drinks and seat.  Please invite your friends too!
This event is open to the public.

In Conversation with Alan Hicks will be moderated by Ruth Hessey for Ozdox.
Alan Hicks is an Australian surfer and drummer from Wollongong.
He moved to NY when he was 18 to study jazz and met the great trumpeter
Clark Terry and became his student.
Terry is an 89-year-old who mentored jazz greats Miles Davis and Quincy Jones
and played with Count Basie’s
and Duke Ellington’s bands.  Never having made a film before, Hicks with his
cinematographer Adam Hart,
followed Terry for five years.  The charming and poignant documentary focuses on
Terry's friendship and
mentoring of Justin Kauflin, a 23-year-old blind piano player with uncanny talent
but debilitating nerves.
Clark is getting frail and his sight is failing, but he still has the energy to
mentor his young prodigy.
Seeing the two of them riffing and jiving, the age gap just disappears. Clark has
been said to have the
happiest sound in jazz, and debut director Hicks, winner of
Best New Documentary Director and the
Audience Award for Best Documentary at Tribeca, captures this quality in
his beboppingly delightful
documentary.   Hicks has travelled the world as a member of Terry’s ensemble.
Along with Adam Hart,
the two have become part of Clark and Justin’s extended family, which has
given them unprecedented access
to intimately capture their story. 

Don’t miss Keep on Keepin’ On – at the Sydney Film Festival Sunday 8 June at 8.45pm at
Event Cinemas George St 9 or Tuesday 10 June at 2.15pm at Event Cinemas George Street 4.

“Inspirational … an unforgettable love letter to the power of music and the
strong bond of friendship.”
Chris Columbus, Director

Ruth Hessey is a filmmaker, with one award winning short documentary behind
her and two feature
docos in development. She has a BA majoring in film and theatre from UNSW,
spent many years on the stage,
got into full time journalism at SMH where she became a high profile film
and features writer,travelled
all over the world, and migrated into environment advocacy as a means of
helping the planet while
finishing various novels and screenplays. She believes her most exciting
creative work is in front of her,
and is constantly inspired by the amazing filmmakers and artists she meets.