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Special Presentations


Film tickets: $10

Advance tickets are available two weeks before each screening at the MacLaren Art Centre, located at 37 Mulcaster Street, Barrie (during gallery hours) or the Uptown Theatre box office (in the evenings an hour before their first screening). HST is included in the ticket price.

Partnering with the Barrie Jazz & Blues Festival:


Keep On, Keepin’ On

Screening: Sunday, June 14, 2015 – 4:00 pm
Location: Uptown Theatre, 55 Dunlop Street West, Barrie
Directed by: Alan Hicks
Featuring: Clark Terry, Herbie Hancock and Quincy Jones
Documentary, PG for some language 86 minutes (USA)


“There’s no need to be a jazz aficionado to enjoy this story, as the film is not just a description of music icon but a rare chance at seeing, in reality, both the beginning and the end of a highly unlikely dream.” – Eamon OLoughlin, FILMINK Australia


“As joyful as a jumping jazz riff, Keep on Keepin’ On is an inspiring story of devotion, dedication and multi-generational friendship.” – Linda Barnard, Toronto Star


Shot over the course of five years by first time filmmaker Al Hicks, KEEP ON KEEPIN’ ON depicts the remarkable story of 93-year-old jazz legend Clark Terry. A living monument to the Golden Era of Jazz, Terry – a mentor to Miles Davis – is among the few performers ever to have played in both Count Basie’s and Duke Ellington’s bands. In the 1960’s, he broke the colour barrier as the first African-American staff musician at NBC – on “The Tonight Show”. Today, after a life spent working with and teaching the most totemic figures in jazz history, Terry continues to attract and cultivate budding talents. KEEP ON KEEPIN’ ON highlights his friendship with the preternaturally gifted Justin Kauflin, a blind, 23-year-old piano prodigy who suffers from debilitating stage fright. Not long after Kauflin is invited to compete in an elite Jazz competition, Terry’s health takes a turn for the worse. As the clock ticks, we see two friends confront the toughest challenges of their lives. Kauflin’s work on the film’s score with composer Dave Grusin sets the tone for a story that spans decades, lifetimes and the entire history of modern Jazz, complete with firsthand anecdotes from Jones and Herbie Hancock. KEEP ON KEEPIN’ ON is a film crafted with great affection by Hicks – another former student of Terry’s – a grace note for his teacher, infused with soulfulness and serendipity. Paula DuPre’ Pesmen (behind the Academy Award winning THE COVE and the Oscar nominated CHASING ICE) produced the film with seven time Academy Award nominee Quincy Jones who also counts Terry as his mentor. Jones came on board as producer after literally walking into the film as one of its subjects, discovering Justin’s talent purely by chance during a visit at Clark’s home.


Partnering with the Barrie Jazz & Blues Festival:


The Wrecking Crew

Screening: Sunday, June 14, 2015 – 7:00 pm
Location: Uptown Theatre, 55 Dunlop Street West, Barrie
Directed by: Denny Tedesco
Featuring: Lou Adler, Herb Alpert, The Association, Chuck Barris, The Beach Boys, Sonny Bono, Cher, Glen Campbell, Dick Clark and more
Documentary, PG, 101 minutes (USA)


“Wonderful, touching and hilarious.” – Elvis Costello


“A must to see and listen to.” – Indiewire


“You’ll love this!” – NOW Magazine


Their roster of hit songs is unmatched in the recording industry and includes some of pop music’s most timeless and recognizable songs. They are The Wrecking Crew, a group of professional session musicians and the unsung heroes who provided the backbeat, the bottom and the swinging melody that drove the number one hits of artists as varied as Frank Sinatra, Nancy Sinatra, The Monkees, The Byrds, The Carpenters and Cher. Produced and directed by Denny Tedesco, son of legendary late Wrecking Crew guitarist Tommy Tedesco, The Wrecking Crew is the story of how these dedicated musicians brought the flair and musicianship that made the American “west coast sound” a dominant cultural force around the world. It is a fun and moving tribute from Denny to his father, the music, the times and the secret star-making machine known only as The Wrecking Crew.


Aboriginal Day Programming:

Trick or Treaty?

Screening: Saturday, June 20, 2015 – 7:00 pm
Location: Uptown Theatre, 55 Dunlop Street West, Barrie
Directed by: Alanis Obomsawin
Documentary, PG, 85 minutes, Language: English/Cree with English Subtitles (CANADA)


“This provocative documentary is a fitting film with which to place Obomsawin alongside the likes of Jean-Luc Godard, Hong Sang-soo, and recent Cannes champion Nuri Bilge Ceylan, for Trick or Treaty? truly proves Obomsawin a master of the art form.” – Patrick Mullen, POV Magazine


“With typical show don’t tell style, Alanis Obomsawin has crafted another documentary that artfully lays the issues bare (land rights, suicide, forgotten murders, assimilation) that could likely apply to aboriginal peoples world-wide.” – S. James Wegg, JWR


This feature documentary by acclaimed filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin (Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance) profiles Indigenous leaders in their quest for justice as they seek to establish dialogue with the Canadian government. By tracing the history of their ancestors since the signing of Treaty No. 9, these leaders aim to raise awareness about issues vital to First Nations in Canada: respect for and protection of their lands and their natural resources, and the right to hunt and fish so that their societies can prosper. In recent years, an awareness-raising movement has been surfacing in First Nations communities. In this powerful documentary, those who refuse to surrender are given a chance to speak out.