Фильм казахстанского режиссёра Арсена Баянов вошёл в число  тех фильмов, которые имели честь быть избранными «Official Selections»  (топ джазовых документари)  на кинофестиваль джазовых фильмов в Нью-Йорк. 

 ( справка: The New York Jazz Film Festival is the the 1st film festival dedicated exclusively to jazz-centric cinema.)

The NYJFF 2018 Official Selections included the following jazz films:

The Sound of Selflessness directed by Nelson Salis— is about the musical approach of saxophonist John O’Gallagher;

George Garzone: Let Be What Is directed by Theron Patterson and Can Kozlu — is about the influence and teachings of the eponymous saxophonist.

‼️#TheStarsofAmericanJazzinAstana directed by #Arsene #Bayanov  and Produced by #Askar #Alimzhanov — is about the vibrant burgeoning jazz scene for American jazz performers in Astana, #Kazakhstan✌️‼️

Sting of the Cactus directed by Bekky O’Neil — is a fun-filled animated music video about singer-songwriter Ori Dagan’s journey in jazz, from the streets of Toronto to the world stage.

Dagan also performed a selection at the presentation.



NEW YORK, August 29, 2018/ Black Jazz News — Three years after the Jazz Times’ piece. “First Annual New York Jazz Film Festival Coming This November” was published, the Third Annual New York Jazz Film Festival which presented its awards at the historic harlem jazz club Paris Blues this past Sunday, has kept its promise to “put jazz back in the streets and showcase jazz musician-actors”. NYJFF, the first of its kind to exclusively screen films related to jazz, fills a void, a music long abandoned not only by Hollywood, but by the African-American public at large who once cultivated the once popular music it created, a national treasure and the forefather and foremother of Rock & Roll, R&B and yes, Hip Hop.


NYJFF founder and celebrated jazz musician Gregory Charles Royal https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gregory_Charles_Royal has been an advocate of preserving instrumental music, particularly jazz in the Black community, for over a decade with American Youth Symphony, producers of NYJFF which he runs with his wife, non-profit activist Sue Veres Royal, AYS has produced television, theatrical, and film projects with the assistance of celebrated musicians such as National Symphony Orchestra violinist Marissa Regni and clergy such as the legendary Dr. James A. Forbes Jr. and celebrities such as American Idol/Rent actress Frenchie Davis and CNN/FOX/et al contributor and Vh1’s Love and Hip Hop star Dr. Jeff Gardere . The purpose being to present jazz in popular culture to a generation who has grown up on a diet of electronic sounds and to a Black generation who often view singing and rapping as their only musical options.

The films are available to view FREE online until August 31. 2018 at the New York Jazz Film Festival’s Facebook Page @NYJFF https://www.facebook.com/nyjff/