Playing With Parkinson's Directed
Burrill Crohn USA / 2014 / 50 minutes World Premiere
Preceded by TODD WHO?
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Jazz guitarist Sangeeta Michael Berardi played with many of the greats. In 2003, and Berardi was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease, however he continued to make music without self pity and with plenty of humor. Now, eight years later, he is making his first CD since his diagnosis. He reunites with musicians from former recording sessions and though his technical skills diminished, he and they have to find the common ground he calls the 'virtuosity of the soul'. Featuring terrific performances, interviews and Sangeeta's views on life, death and beyond, "Playing with Parkinson's" is not just about music, or Parkinson's, but the everyday heroes who walk among us.
BIO: Burril Crohn has been making documentaries, mostly about music, for over 30 years. He wrote, directed and produced the seven-part "Women in Jazz" series, narrated by Carmen McRae and Marian McPartland, which aired on the A&E cable network for many years. His five part "History of Jazz" series, narrated by Wynton Marsalis, Branford Marsalis and Chick Corea, and with interviews with Jimmy Cobb, Elvin Jones and Reggie Workman about John Coltrane, was aired on BRAVO Cable Network and PBS outlets in the United States, the BBC and Channel 4 in England, NHK in Japan, and some 35 other countries world-wide as well as being released internationally on various home video formats. Other music documentaries include "The Spirit Travels," narrated by Linda Rondstadt, a look at ethnic music in America, "Joe Williams: A Portrait in Song", shot in concert with the Count Basie orchestra just a year before this legendary singerís death, and "Speak to me of Love, Speak to me of Truth," a concert film of the Billy Harper sextet and 60 voices at Manhattanís St. Peterís Church in December, 2012.
Producer(s): Burrill Crohn
Director(s): Burrill Crohn
Screenwriter(s): Michael Berardi
Cinematographer(s): Burrill Crohn, Chase Pierson, Chris Schiavo
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