1987

THE JAZZ MESSENGER

(Grapevine / Channel Four (UK) / PBS - 90mins)

A portrait of inspirational jazz drummer and teacher
Art Blakey with Dizzy Gillespie, many pupils including
Wayne Shorter , the Marsalis brothers, and a surprising
new generation of musicians and dancers.
Theatrical premiere:
- Greenwich Village Film Festival - retrospective
of Fontaine's jazz films.
- First Prize, Polish Jazz Film Festival.
- Golden Gate Award, San Francisco Festival.
- Montreal Film Festival, retrospective
of jazz films.
- " Highly recommended." The Nation.
- "Moves with the dynamism of a Blakey
drum solo!" Downbeat.