Matthew Buzzell, Assistant Professor of Communications at Georgia Regents University will present his documentary JIMMY SCOTT: IF YOU ONLY KNEW on Thursday, July 17 at 2:00 p.m. in the Auditorium of the Headquarters library.
“Best known for his impossibly high singing voice, enigmatic jazz legend Jimmy Scott has been called by The New York Times, “the most unjustly ignored American singer of the 20th Century.” JIMMY SCOTT: IF YOU ONLY KNEW is an personal and meditative documentary portrait of Scott, his odyssey of loss and redemption, and the most intimate document of Scott’s life to date. Rare archival photos, moving concert footage, lush travelogue, and extensive interviews intertwine to create a document of Scott’s lifelong attempt to overcome exploitation, reunite his family, and find closure through his art.”
JIMMY SCOTT: IF YOU ONLY KNEW premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2002. The film garnered the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the 2003 D.C. Film Fest.
The film received its broadcast premiere on PBS television’s Independent Lens in 2004, winning the Audience Award.
Jimmy Scott passed away on June 12, 2014 at the age of 88. His birthday is July 17th.