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Austin Jewish Film Festival: David Amram: The First 80 Years

Mon, January 30, 2012 | GAR 0.102

7:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Austin Jewish Film Festival: David Amram: The First 80 Years

The first of four screenings in conjunction with the tenth annual Austin Jewish Film Festival.

The Schusterman Center kicks off our week of Austin Jewish Film Festival screenings with Lawrence Kraman's new documentary feature, David Amram: The First 80 Years.

Amram, a prolific American composer, conductor, musician, and writer, was called "the Renaissance man of American music" by the Boston Globe. His impressive résumé boasts over 100 orchestral and chamber music works, including film scores for Splendor in the Grass and The Manchurian Candidate, and collaborations with cultural legends Charlie Parker, Thelonius Monk, Dizzy Gillespie, Willie Nelson, Lnagston Hughes, Leonard Bernstein, Miles Davis, Allen Ginsberg, Nina Simone, Bob Dylan, and Jack Kerouac. And that's just the short list.

We're excited for the opportunity to screen this film, which has been entered at several film festivals this year, including Sundance, Tribeca, and South by Southwest. Watch the trailer here, and click here to see some amazing footage of Amram and Dizzy Gillespie at PBS's Tribute to Thelonius Monk.

Sponsored by: The Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies and Austin Jewish Film Festival

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