Heart’s Home celebrates Black History Month !
“The film explores a fascinating, yet often neglected, era in African-American cultural history” says producer Margaret Smilow.
"Harlem in Montmartre: Paris Jazz explores the vibrant expatriate jazz community which formed among the hills of Montmartre, Paris between the Great Wars. Based on a book written by distinguished Berkeley anthropologist, (the late) William Shack, this film will not only examine the life and times of such notables as Josephine Baker, Sidney Bechet, Bricktop, Eugene Bullard, Langston Hughes, Louis Armstrong, Coleman Hawkins, and Django Reinhardt, but also the social, racial, and cultural implications of their rich and disparate experiences.
“As the Harlem Renaissance sailed across the Atlantic and morphed into Le Tumult Noir, it became, not a black metropolis, but a concentration of itinerant musicians, with a frenzied night-club culture at its core. This Harlem-style jazz brought a gaiety and merriment which Europe was so desperate for; costumed, scantily-clad chorus girls delivering bawdy lyrics and furiously can-canning their way away from the brutality and bitter memories the Great War had left behind.” Read more
The documentary was co-produced by Margaret Smilow with Charles Hobson and Helene Le Coeur. We will be very honored to have Charles Hobson with us on February 20. He will present us that movie and shares with us his passion for jazz.