The 53rd USA Film Festival opens tomorrow evening at the Angelika Film Center in Dallas, Tx. One of the highlighted films this year is the documentary, ELLIS. Filmmaker Sascha Just talked about her latest doc and much more!
The Marsalis family has been a cultural force since Wynton and Branford reached sudden stardom in New York but far too little is known about the patriarch, pianist Ellis Marsalis, who paved their way. Told in the words and music of Ellis Marsalis, ELLIS chronicles the life of this exceptional New Orleans performer, composer, and educator, the profound influence that the city had on him — and that he had on the jazz that came out of New Orleans. It is also a story of how one man transcended racial injustices he faced from his childhood during segregation to his death from COVID 19.
Sascha and I talked about her love of Jazz, meeting and befriending the Marsalis family and much more!
Interview with Filmmaker Sascha Just:
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