USA2022documentary96'International DocFilmMusic Competition
The Marsalis clan is considered the ‘first jazz family’. It was headed by legendary Ellis, a musician, composer and educator, who died of Covid three years ago. Nevertheless, he managed to collaborate on the film production and even played his last concerts before the camera. His sons, including Wynton and Branford, feature in the film, too. Brace yourself for a musical and biographical journey that starts in New Orleans, of course, and runs through a large part of American history making an important chapter in the history of jazz music.
- directed by
- Q&A guestSascha Just
Sascha Just is a New York-based filmmaker, born and raised in Berlin. She emigrated to the US to make films about jazz and jazz-related topics. Prior to "Ellis", Sascha produced/directed "Heirs/Big Chief", a feature-length documentary about three New Orleans artists and the short documentary "Ambassadors" about the Jazz Ambassadors competition. Sascha's films screened a.o. at the American Documentary Film Festival, the Katra Film Series, and the Segal Film Festival. "Ambassadors" was finalist for best short documentary at the Queens World Film Festival.
- David S. White, Paul Galan, Crista Rock, Kevin O'Donnell, Louis P. Zeja, Matthew Kohn, Sascha Just
- animated by
- Kevin King
- Ellis Marsalis Jr., Alvin Smith, Ashlin Parker, Derek Douget, Fred Kasten, Adonis Rose, Jason Stewart, Ellis Marsalis III, Branford Marsalis, Kalamu y Salaam, Jason Marsalis, Dolores Marsalis, Delfeayo Marsalis, Wynton Marsalis, Mboya Marsalis, Wendell Pierce, Herlin Riley, Steve Masakowski, Jesse McBride, John Ellis, David Torkanowsky, Tom McDermott, Michele Brierre
- Ellis Marsalis Jr.
- Michelle Barbin, Christian Bäucker
- Sascha Just