Body and Soul: An American Bridge

Date: Friday, July 28, 2017Time: 3:55 pm
Location:  Show map Albany Twin 1115 Solano Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94606
Contact: Rachel WhittomPhone: (510) 848-0237 ext. 142Email:

Robert Philipson, USA, 2016, 58 mins

Director Robert Philipson in Palo Alto and East Bay

"Body and Soul" is the pinnacle of soulful jazz, the most recorded jazz tune ever. Contrary to expectations, it was composed, not by an African American, but by Johnny Green, a Jew. Filmmaker Robert Philipson uses the example of "Body and Soul" to make a larger case: For decades Jews and Blacks found a "bridge" between their cultures through songs about suffering, and the journey was an inspired collaboration.

The Castro screening of Body and Soul is followed by a live performance by The Marcus Shelby Quartet. Marcus Shelby is a bandleader, composer, arranger, bassist, educator, and activist based in San Francisco. A collaborator of Anna Deavere Smith (Notes from the Field: Doing Time in Education), Shelby is currently an artist in residence with the Yerba Buena Gardens Festival.

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East Bay Film Screenings:

7/28, 3:55pm, Albany Twin

Other Bay Area Film Screenings:

7/23, 6:25pm, Castro Theatre

7/24, 6:10pm, CineArts