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Acclaimed Documentary Nathan East: For The Record will be screened at the 2016 New Jersey International Film Festival on Saturday, June 11!


By Al Nigrin

originally published: 10/24/2016

Acclaimed Documentary Nathan East: For The Record will be screened at the 2016  New Jersey International Film Festival on Saturday, June 11!

Acclaimed Documentary Nathan East: For The Record
will be screened at the 2016  New Jersey International Film Festival on Saturday, June 11!

Here is a brief interview with Nathan East: For The Record  Director Chris Gero:

Nigrin:  Your great music documentary takes viewers behind-the-scenes of the life of Nathan East one of the most influential bass players working today. What was the motivation or making this film and tell our readers what they can expect to see?

Gero:  The motivation of making the film was we knew that we were making history - given the fact that Nathan has never recorded a solo record. Nathan is so admired and revered by so many big stars we knew everyone would want to participate - and they did! The viewers can expect to see why so many people love this remarkable humble man and why is is the most sought-after musician alive today!

Nigrin:  Your film has a ton of interviews with some real heavy weights in the music industry. Some of these include Eric Clapton, Phil Collins, Lionel Richie, Quincy Jones, Vince Gill, Herbie Hancock, and Don Was. How long did it take you to make this film given the plethora of interviewees you had to track down?

Gero: The film was shot over a one and a half year period of time.



 
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Nigrin:  Were there any memorable stories in getting the film finished or any other info about your film you can pass on to us?


Gero: Nathan kept on insisting that we take out any clips where people are praising him - such as where Eric Clapton is somewhat saying that more famous bass players really only knew how to play loud and that Nathan could really play. This made Nathan uncomfortable for the other bass players and often asked for quotes like that to be removed. Finally I told him to stop asking me because it was my movie and I was going to tell it my way. We also thought up a bunch of scenarios in with we could create some tension on the movie with Nathan - unfortunately Nathan is just about as happy-go-lucky in reality and he appears on film so he scraped the idea!

Nathan East Trailer

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Here is more info on this screening:

Chilltown, USA Elvie Mae Parian  (Jersey City, New Jersey)  This illuminating feature-length documentary highlights the thriving music scene in Jersey City, and the musicians who strive to hold onto a local sound and culture, even as their city rapidly gentrifies. 2015; 63 min. With an introduction and Q+A session with Director Elvie Mae Parian!

Nathan East: For The Record Chris Gero (Nashville, Tennessee)  This great music documentary takes viewers behind-the-scenes as Nathan East, one of the most influential bass players working today, recorded his long-awaited solo album (released in March) that spent four weeks at #1 on Billboard's Contemporary Jazz Album chart.
 East’s three-decade-plus career began when he hit the road at age 16 with Barry White, and soared when he joined the legendary jazz quartet Fourplay.  Featuring interviews with many of the musicians that he has jammed with, including Eric Clapton, Phil Collins, Lionel Richie, Quincy Jones, Vince Gill, Herbie Hancock, Don Was and many more. 2015; 95 min.

Saturday, June 11, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.


Voorhees Hall #105/Rutgers University


71 Hamilton Street, New Brunswick, New Jersey


$12=General; $10=Students+Seniors; $9=Rutgers Film Co-op Friends


Information: (848) 932-8482;
www.njfilmfest.com

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Albert Gabriel Nigrin is an award-winning experimental media artist whose work has been screened on all five continents. He is also a Cinema Studies Lecturer at Rutgers University, and the Executive Director/Curator of the Rutgers Film Co-op/New Jersey Media Arts Center, Inc.


 
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