WINNER OF... The International Jazz Film Salon- Golden Horn Grand Prize
An Epic Exploration of 50 Years of Modern Jazz
It was the 1950s and while disaffected youth gravitated "en masse" to Rock 'n' Role, another sound was infiltrating the fringe and inspiring a generation of beatniks and beboppers. That music was modern jazz, and it found its first home Down Under Sidney's subterranean smoke-filled dive, the El Rocco.
This film-noir style docudrama, Grand Prize Winner of the International Jazz Film Salon, unveils the legendary faces and venues at the heart of the musical and cultural history. Zoot Finster, aging hipster and timeless fan, travels across time and place in his souped-up, beat-down "birdmobile," from bebop's shadowy origins in the 1940s and '50s, to fusion's crossover into the rock, funk and avant-garde scenes of the '60s, '70s and '80s.
"JAZZ ODYSSEY: Beyond El Rocco" digs jazz from a wide social perspective- one that's hip to offbeat sides of life- bringing to the screen some of the most charismatic and memorable music you will ever have the pleasure of experiencing.
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"Beyond El Rocco" is A DOCUMENTARY THAT HAD TO BE MADE. It is a timely, vastly entertaining documentary. -- Film News- John Conomos
an ear-opener for those unaware 0f...Australia’s jazz and a feast for the already converted... an immensely rewarding, painstakingly compiled documentary -- The Sydney Morning Herald
an ear-opener for those unaware 0fâ€¦Australiaâ€™s jazz and a feast for the already convertedâ€¦ an immensely rewarding, painstakingly compiled documentary -- The Sydney Morning Herald
at:The International Jazz Film Salon -- Winner of: The Golden Horn Grand Prize
...a wild and beautiful flower has bloomed...an intriguing oral-history of the influences/personalities that forged the new music...with great visual imagination -- The Age Entertainment Guide- Derek Leather
...stamp the film as one of the innovative and evocative music documentaries made..."Beyond El-Rocco" is a treasure chest of gems -- Associated Press
â€¦a wild and beautiful flower has bloomedâ€¦an intriguing oral-history of the influences/personalities that forged the new musicâ€¦with great visual imagination -- The Age Entertainment Guide- Derek Leather
â€¦stamp the film as one of the innovative and evocative music documentaries madeâ€¦"Beyond El-Rocco" is a treasure chest of gems -- Associated Press
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