Screening of 'Finding Carlton' Documentary - 16th Oct 2012

"Finding Carlton - Uncovering the Story of Jazz in India" documentary by Susheel Kurien

Screening at Opus (Palace Cross Road) on Tuesday 16th October, 8pm

Finding Carlton, an original and lovingly crafted new HD documentary of the story of jazz in India, explores the African American jazz diasporas in South Asia, and, for the first time, brings to life a remarkable example of early cultural globalization.

Built around a portrait of surviving Indian jazzman, the maverick guitarist Carlton Kitto, audiences are taken on a richly atmospheric journey into India's little-known jazz age that lasted from the 1920s to the 1970s and until now has gone unrecorded in the history of that country and the history of jazz.

Proceeds from the event will go towards the Gina Forever Foundation™

Finding Carlton is documentary film about the story of jazz in India.

Through the portraits of a few remaining survivors, it tells the unknown and mesmerizing story of a bygone age of jazz in India. Through archival material and poignant encounters with a maverick bebop guitarist, jazz fans , and other artists, the film uncovers an untold story of cultural cross-pollination: born of pre-war African-American diaspora, American Army presence in Calcutta during the Second World War; and of US State Department sponsored jazz tours in India. The film also illuminates the influence of American jazz on Bollywood.

Artfully edited in a rhythmic, multi-layered, warmly intimate and affectionate style, Finding Carlton revives the intense power of a largely undocumented jazz movement, weaving memory, concert footage and expert commentary with scenes of moving reunion between elder Indian jazz pioneers. Centered on human chracters with idiosyncratic lifestyles and built around rich archival material including audio, it and progressively gathers force to relate the story of an entire Indian jazz generation. Finding Carlton is currently in production and welcomes the support of those who would like to help complete this film. Conceived by Susheel J,. Kurien, a Half Diminished Production in collaboration with Chrysalis Films. Thanks to Mansoor Khan for the "Bollywood" scenes from Teesri Manzil , used with permission from the owner.

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