The Quincy Jones-produced film on trumpeter Clark Terry has been acquired by RADiUS-TWC, the company that had Oscar-winning success with "20 Feet From Stardom." Terry, a veteran of the Duke Ellington and Count Basie bands before leading his own groups, taught Jones the trumpet 70 years ago.
"Keep On Keepin' On," which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival this month, is the first film for director Al Hicks. He received the Best New Documentary Director award at Tribeca.
Hicks, an Australian, spent four years following Terry, 89 at the time, and the blind piano prodigy he was mentoring, then-23-year-old Justin Kaulflin. The film is being pitched as a mentoring tale that is "beautifully nostalgic with a reverence for the importance of finding your own sound."
"Audiences will be given a bird’s eye view into the dynamic mentor/pupil relationship between Clark and Justin – two exceptional individuals who have persevered through adversity and overcome the hardest of obstacles," RADiUS co-presidents Tom Quinn and Jason Janego said in a statement. RADiUS is the boutique label of the Weinstein Co.
Jones produced the film with Paula DuPre' Pesmen, the producer of the Oscar-winning documentary "The Cove." Dan Guando, RADiUS executive vp of acquisitions, Quinn and Janego purchased the film from Submarine, which represented the filmmakers.