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American Symphony
Film
Telluride at Dartmouth

American Symphony

September 14, 2023

This event occurred as part of the 23/24 Hop Film season. This is an archived view.

Matthew Heineman's ('Cartel Land', 'First Wave') latest is a startlingly intimate look at an extraordinarily eventful year in the life of superstar artist Jon Batiste.

23/24 Hop Film

2022 was shaping up to be a magical year for Jon Batiste: he had just won an Oscar for his Soul soundtrack; had a fantastic nightly gig as the bandleader for Late Night with Stephen Colbert; and his song Freedom, from his We Are record, was topping the charts. And Batiste was embarking upon his most ambitious work, an assemblage of regional sounds and deep historical themes scheduled to premiere at Carnegie Hall. But then, he received crushing news: his partner, the writer Suleika Jaouad, had a relapse of her leukemia. The filmmaker Matthew Heineman '05—known for covering the world's most intense situations in Cartel Land, Retrograde and First Wave—kept his camera rolling as Batiste's painfully eventful year unfolded. Here is a startlingly intimate account, showing us how Batiste responded to his family's crisis with love, creativity and supernatural stamina. It's one of cinema's most soulful, honest portraits of an artist at work. Courtesy of Our Time Projects

D: Matthew Heineman '05, US, 2023, 1h40m

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