‘Jazz Goes to Movies’ at Festival on Wheels

A special selection of films will explore the bond between two fields of the arts that both flourished during the 20th century — cinema and jazz — at this yearand’s Festival on Wheels, which is preparing to unroll its 21st edition later this month in the Turkish capital.
The festival, a traveling showcase of mostly independent and art-house cinema, will show a nine-piece selection made up of short films and features as part of the special section, called and”Jazz Goes to Moviesand” and presented with support from the American Embassy in Ankara.
Curated by film critics Jonathan Rosenbaum and Ehsan Khoshbakht, the program focuses on the cultural and aesthetic relationship between jazz and cinema through examples from various periods, stretching from the late 1920s to the mid-1990s.
The titles in the selection are and”Too Late Bluesand” (John Cassavates, 1961), and”Pete Kellyand’s Bluesand” (Jack Webb, 1955), and”Cab Callowayand’s Hi-De-Hoand” (Fred Waller, 1934), and”Black and Tan Fantasyand” (Dudley Murphy, 1929), and”Big Ben: Ben Webster in Europeand” (Johanvan der Keuken, 1966), and”Begone Dull Careand” (Norman McLaren, 1949), and”When it Rainsand” (Charles Burnett, 1995) and and”Jamminand’ the Bluesand” (Gjon Mili, 1944).
The films will be shown in a day-long, free-admission session on Nov. 29, the organizers said in a press release.
and”Varietandeacuteand” (Variety), a 1925 silent film by pioneering German director Ewald Andrandeacute Dupont, will also be shown in a special screening as a joint effort between the festival and Goethe-Institut Ankara. The recently restored film will be shown on Dec. 2 with live music to be performed by Stephen Horne and Frank Bockius.
Organized annually by the Ankara Cinema Association, Festival on Wheels is set to mark its 21st year from Nov. 27 through Dec. 10 with showings in Ankara, Bursa and Kastamonu. The Ankara program will run from Nov. 26-Dec. 2 at andcankaya Municipalityand’s Contemporary Art Center.


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