JAZZ AMBASSADORS
(90 min) UK/US
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Director: Hugo Berkeley
Producer: Mick Csàky

Description:
The Cold War and Civil Rights collide in this remarkable story of music, diplomacy and race. Beginning in 1956, when America asked its greatest jazz artists to travel the world as cultural ambassadors, Louis Armstrong, Dizzy Gillespie, Duke Ellington and their mixed-race band members, faced a painful dilemma: how could they represent a country that still practiced Jim Crow segregation?

Biography:
Hugo Berkeley has worked extensively as a writer, director, producer and editor of documentaries, TV shows and music films. Prior to The Jazz Ambassadors, Hugo recently directed a 4-part true-crime series for Sky Italy and the BBC, in which he unraveled one of the most complex DNA murder investigations ever undertaken. He won a Peabody Award for Land Rush, about land grabbing in Africa. And he received the Tribeca Film Festival Best Documentary Award for A Normal Life about post-war Kosovo.

Mick Csàky has produced and directed more than 100 and executive produced more than 600 documentary films for the cinema, television and DVD, covering areas including biography, history, science, politics, economics, religion, music and arts. His programs have won numerous international awards, including both US National and International Emmys. In 1998 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Television Society “In recognition of an outstanding contribution to the furtherance of television.” He has been the Chief Executive & Creative Director of Antelope since 1990. Mick’s films include: Sister Rosetta Tharpe: The Godmother of Rock & Roll for American Masters, about one of gospel’s greatest innovators; Africa Life: The Roll Back Malaria Concert, a star-studded concert in West Africa to raise awareness and funds for malaria prevention; and Chasing a Rainbow: The Life of Josephine Baker, which won numerous awards including an International Emmy.

Contact Information:
e: hugo@normallifepictures.com
w: http://www.thejazzambassadors.com/


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