It's great news to hear that young Wollongong director Al Hicks has won the Best New Documentary Director award at the Tribeca Film Festival jury awards last week in New York. His film, 'Keep On Keepin' On' about the jazz trumpeter Clark Terry and his mentoring of Justin Kauflin, a blind piano player, also received an audience award for best documentary. This week the world rights to the film were incredibly snapped up by RADiUS- TWC for a reported low 7-figure fee.
Best current link. It includes a short segment from the film: http://m.deadline.com/2014/04/
Hicks is a former student of Clark Terry and took about five years to develop his film. Initially, the film was crowd-funded through Kickstarter
(I was an early sponsor) and Hicks drew on the support of his friends Adam Hart, a local surfer, and Rory Anderson of LAWW Media. In the film's later stages, industry heavyweights Quincy Jones and Paula DuPre Pesman & others became involved ensuring the documentary's financial and artistic success.
Find out more about the soon to be released film on
Here are some further links to news items: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2674040/news?ref_=tt_pv_nw_sm
UPDATE 6 May 2014:
'Keep on Keepin' On' will premier in Australia at the Sydney Film Festival on Sunday 8th June at 8:45pm. There is a second viewing on Tuesday, 10 June at 2:15 pm.
Find more ticket information here: http://tix.sff.org.au/session_sff.asp?sn=Keep+on+Keepin%27+On
The doco will probably be released for a general audience in about four months time.
Here’s a link to the Keep On Keepin’ official site: http://keeponkeepinon.com/filmmakers/
Update: 9 June 2014
Attended the Australian premier of Keeping On Keepin’ On at the Events Cinema on George Street in Sydney last night. It was a packed venue and the documentary film was followed by an interesting question & answer session. Real proud of the boys.
Find more photos here from the red carpet : http://www.demotix.com/news/4957544/australian-premiere-red-carpet-documentary-keep-keepin/all-media
Update 29 September 2014
Keep on Keepin’ On opened in LA theatres on 19 September 2014 with Justin Kauklin playing piano after the screenings.
Pete Hammond of Movieline wrote of the film, “Magnificent!...Not just one of the year’s best documentaries, it’s one of the year’s best pictures period”.
Stay tuned for more here: keeponkeepinon.com