LISTENING TO KENNY G

LISTENING TO KENNY G

Online Screening

OPENING NIGHT FILM

NYC PREMIERE Smooth-jazz artist Kenny G is beloved by millions for songs like “Songbird” and “Silhouette,” but the curly-haired performer also came to symbolize what people hate about elevator music, making him the butt of jokes from The Simpsons to South Park. Filmmaker Penny Lane (Hail Satan?) takes a witty and provocative approach to tell Kenny G’s story while asking a bigger question: what makes music good or bad? The results are “ruthlessly entertaining” (Variety).  

This screening will be followed by a Q&A with Director Penny Lane, Producer Gabriel Sedgwick, Film Subject Kenny G

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Director: Penny Lane
Executive Producer: Bill Simmons, Jody Gerson, Marc Cimino; Co-Executive Producer: Geoff Chow, Sean Fennessy, Noah Malale
Producer: Gabriel Sedgwick, Co-Producer: Nick Hasse
Cinematographer: Naiti Gamez
Editor: Cindy Lee, Adam Bolt
Music: Charlie Rosen
Language: English
Country: USA
Year: 2021
Publicist: HBO
US Distributor: HBO

Event details

Dates

November 10, 2021 06:45 PM

Venue

SVA Theatre

Dates

November 11, 2021 12:00 AM - November 12, 2021 11:59 PM

Venue

Online Screening

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This screening will be followed by a Q&A with Director Matthew Heineman and frontline workers featured in the film.

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This screening will be followed by a Q&A with Director Lisa Hurwitz.

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This screening will be followed by a Q&A with Directors Daniel B. Levin and Eric W. Newman, Executive Producer Stephen Espinoza and film subject Kevin Garnett.

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CENTERPIECE SCREENING 


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This screening will be followed by a Q&A with Directors Sam Pollard and Rex Miller.

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CENTERPIECE SCREENING 


NYC PREMIERE Filmmakers Sam Pollard and Rex Miller chart the evolution of tennis legend Arthur Ashe—still the only Black man to win singles championships at Wimbledon, the U.S. Open and the Australian Open. As he gained international renown in the 60s, Ashe had to navigate between a conservative sports culture and the activist politics of the Civil Rights movement. The film chronicles how he found his voice as an advocate for the oppressed before his life was cut short by AIDS-related complications at age 49. - Thom Powers

This screening will be followed by a Q&A with Directors Sam Pollard and Rex Miller.

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CENTERPIECE SCREENING 


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This screening will be followed by a Q&A with Director Dave Wooley and film subject Dionne Warwick.

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