American Symphony
Hop Film Event

American Symphony

with director Matthew Heineman '05
November 18, 2023

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

This Telluride favorite returns. An intimate, soulful portrait of Oscar and Grammy-winning musician Jon Batiste and his year of pain and triumph.

23/24 Hop Film Event

American Symphony | Official Trailer | Netflix


2022 looked to be a magical year for Jon Batiste: an Oscar for his Soul soundtrack, 11 Grammy nominations and an upcoming Carnegie Hall concert. But then, he received crushing news: his partner, the writer Suleika Jaouad, had a relapse of her long-dormant leukemia. Nine-time Emmy winner and Oscar-nominated director Matthew Heineman '05 (Cartel Land, Retrograde) 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.

D: Matthew Heineman, 2023, US, 1h40m

A conversation with Matthew Heineman follows the screening.

Matthew Heineman is an Academy Award-nominated, nine-time Emmy Award-winning, and two-time DGA Award-winning filmmaker. The Sundance Film Festival called Heineman "one of the most talented and exciting documentary filmmakers working today," while Anne Thompson of IndieWire wrote that Heineman is a "respected and gifted filmmaker who combines gonzo fearlessness with empathetic sensitivity." Click here to read more about Matthew's past and current projects.

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