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THE SEARCH FOR JACKIE PARIS
USA: Outsider Pictures
UK: Verve Pictures
Cast: Jackie Paris, Billy Taylor, George Wein, Mark Murphy, Ruth Price, Billy Vera, James Moody, Harlan Ellison, Barry Newman, Anne Marie Moss
Director: Raymond De Felitta
USA & UK: 100 mins
UK Certificate: 15 contains a single strong sex reference
USA Release Date: 7 December 2007 (Limited Release - New York)
UK Release Date: 21 November 2008 (Limited Release)
Filmmaker Raymond De Felitta examines the life of cult favourite jazz singer Jackie Paris, but he equally might as well be exploring the life of any artist in any discipline, too many of whom share the same fate that Paris did. After the explosive debut follow years of ups and downs with success always around the next corner and sew the seeds for the private tragedies that grow out of artistic frustration.
Working with rare found footage and new interviews with jazz legends such as Billy Taylor, George Wein, Mark Murphy and Ruth Price, as well as the final concert footage and last interviews Jackie Paris ever gave, De Felitta constructs an emotional mystery story which asks the question, who or what is to blame when a great talent goes from sensation to footnote during their life span?