4th of JULY JAZZ ON A SUMMER’S DAY BBQ

JAZZ ON A SUMMERS DAY on 35mm.
What’s more American than Jazz? This July 4th, come join the Cinefamily as we celebrate our freedom and our greatest American art form with the most exquisite concert film ever made—plus a sneak preview of the once-banned premiere of IFC’s The Spoils Before Dying. It’s a day of free-flowing barbecue, beer and live jazz on the patio.

Shot in glorious 35mm Kodachrome, fashion photographer Bert Stern filmed the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival for three golden days, featuring incredible performances by a sizzlingly hot Anita O’Day, peak-era Thelonious Monk, Mahalia Jackson, Louis Armstrong, Chuck Berry, Sonny Stitt, Chico Hamilton, Dinah Washington, and many more. But Stern chose not to limit his vision to acts on the stage—his camera-eye wanders blissfully over the audience (intently listening with eyes closed behind Ray-Ban sunglasses, or bopping in popping polka dots), and occasionally all the way out of the concert hall to the nearby ships at sea, beer-fisted college girls dancing on rooftops, or a skilled cellist practicing in his room, smoking a cigarette. Jazz on a Summer’s Day is a pure cinematic time machine to a place you want to be!

And before the film, we present a sneak preview of the long-awaited, previously banned, unseen Eric Jonrosh “epic masterpiece,” IFC and Funny or Die’s The Spoils Before Dying, starring Will Ferrell, Michael Kenneth Williams, Kristen Wiig, and Maya Rudolph. Catch Spoils here before it finally sees the light of day with a three-night television event starting on IFC Wednesday 7/8 at 9/8c.

Dir. Bert Stern, 1959, 35mm, 85 min.

Watch the Cinefamily original trailer!