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Toronto Review

From the Toronto Star: Projections: Doc sings the praises of jazz critic Nat Hentoff   Nat Hentoff’s music criticism is just one part of the wide-ranging life and times recounted in The Pleasures of Being Out of Step, a new documentary.   By: Jason Anderson Special to the Star, Published on Thu May 15 2014 […]

First Book Review

Terrific write-up on the popmatters web site. Here it is in full: PopMatters: The Magazine of Global Culture What Do Jazz and Politics Have to Do with Each Other? [25 April 2014] By Hans Rollman What do jazz and the first amendment have to do with each other? Nat Hentoff, that’s what. The journalist who […]

St. Louis Award

We were taken by surprise when we found out we got a Special Jury Mention from the St. Louis Critics Association for Best Documentary Feature in the Joe Pollack Award competition at the 2013 St. Louis International Film Festival. Congratulations to Steve Hoover for taking first place in the competition, named after the famed Post […]

Village Voice review

Thanks to Alan Scherstuhl for the enthusiastic write-up on the Village Voice web site! http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/2013/11/nat_hentoff_documentary_pleasures.php

We win!

So honored to win the Metropollis competition at DOC NYC, for films made in New York. The award includes a guaranteed weeklong run at the IFC Center in Greenwich Village. Stay tuned for details! It was a thrill to be included with nine other great films. Here is what the jurors said: “Nat Hentoff epitomizes […]

New Orleans Film Festival

Great time @New Orleans Film Festival in the Big Easy, the birthplace of jazz. Many thanks to all who turned out at the Prytania Theater and to author Tom Piazza, who introduced the film and the Q&A, and told the audience it was the best film about a writer he had ever seen.

on a personal note….

This is for those of you who found your way here. It’s a private moment that means a lot to me, and I figure if you find your way here it might mean a lot to you too. I got this message from Nat on my cell phone today, Sept. 17, 2013, after I announced […]

Big News!

Ladies and Gentleman: So very happy to announce that we have signed a North American distribution deal with First Run Features, the respected New York-based independent distributor. This announcement means that all our fans in the U.S. and Canada will be able to see the film in theaters, on television or elsewhere in your homes […]

Vintage Hentoff Video

Some background: Back in the mid-1960s, Nat Hentoff hosted a TV program on the arts on a local station in New York City. Unfortunately, the station didn’t save any of the tapes. But we found one episode during the research for “The Pleasures of Being Out of Step.” Hentoff spent the entire half hour on […]

Boston Jazz

Wally’s bills itself as the oldest continuously running jazz club in the United States; it has hosted shows by Billie Holiday and Charlie Parker and many, many more. In Boston’s South End, around the corner from the site of the old Savoy Cafe where Hentoff hung out as a teenager and young adult, Wally’s was […]

Press Criticism

Here’s an interesting column by Jack Shafer on press crticism through the years. It mentions Alexander Cockburn’s “Press Clips” column in The Village Voice — always a spicy read, to be sure, although for coverage of the New York City press, I preferred Geoffrey Stokes. Few people realize that Nat Hentoff wrote the first regular column of […]

World Premier

The Pleasures of Being Out of Step premiered to a full house at the Full Frame Documentary Festival in Durham, N.C. last night. As a first-time director, it was a new experience to sit in a darkened room with paying customers to watch the film. We sold over 300 tickets and I’m happy to report […]

First Screening for Hentoffs

A big milestone today — we showed Pleasures to Nat Hentoff and his family for the first time. The private screening took place at the Anthology Film Archives, on Second Avenue and 2nd Street in Greenwich Village, near where he lives. In the five years it took to make the film, Hentoff gave us full access […]

First Write-Up

We head to the premier at the Full Frame festival in Durham one week from today, and we have our first write-up: “Lewis’ wonderful, and, yes, almost improvisational, documentary shows us how the two [jazz and the First Amendment] are inseparably linked in the work and mind of Hentoff.” – By Cliff Bellamy in the […]

Anthony Lewis, RIP

Often, as I researched the film, questions came up about who else in journalism was doing the kind of work Nat did in the latter half of the 20th century, focused on civil liberties, the law and the Constitution. Always and inevitably, the conversation turned to Anthony Lewis, the Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and columnist for […]

Nice tweet

from Ken Burns, who worked with Nat on Burns’ epic PBS series on jazz: Ck out new doc on the great nat hentoff @ bit.ly/105l9r9 @poboosthemovie — Ken Burns (@KenBurns) March 26, 2013  

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