American Jazz Museum to Host Film Series “Lights, Camera, Vine! An Exploration of Jazz’s Impact on Film”

Abby Hoover
Managing Editor


The American Jazz Museum will present “Lights, Camera, Vine!,” a free three-day film series that explores jazz music’s impact on film in America. This series has been created in partnership with local film makers Rodney Thompson and Diallo French.


Stretching from Thursday, Sept. 30 to Saturday, Oct. 2, features include two iconic jazz films, “Lady Sings the Blues” starring Diana Ross as Billie Holiday, and Spike Lee’s “Mo’ Better Blues,” as well as selections from the American Jazz Museum’s John H. Baker Film Collection. Screenings will each include a reception with live music, and a Q&A session and discussion with local film experts after the film.


On Thursday, Sept. 30 at 6 p.m. there will be a reception and outdoor screening of “Lady Sings the Blues” on the Great Lawn behind the American Jazz Museum.


On Friday, Oct. 1 at 5 p.m. there will be a reception and screening of “Mo’ Better Blues” at the Gem Theater.


On Saturday, Oct. 2 at 3 p.m. there will be a reception and screening of a series of short films by local film makers Rodney Thompson and Diallo French at the Gem Theater.


For registration details and biographies for Rodney Thompson and Diallo French, visit the American Jazz Museum’s website, americanjazzmuseum.org.

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