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July 24 , 2000

Media contact : Stevy Stevens (stevy@wenet.net)


The North Beach Jazz Festival (July 29-August 6) will host a benefit event for the San Francisco Independent Film Festival (AKA SF IndieFest) on Monday July 31, 2000
at the Broadway Studios, 435 Broadway in San Francisco.

The event features the Jazz Divas Kitty Margolis and Dena DeRose. The doors open at 7:30 p.m. with cocktails and hors d'oeuvres. The event opens with Dena at 9:00 p. m. and features Kitty at 10 p.m.

The joining of the IndieFest with the six-year-old Jazz Festival is a natural meeting of like interests. The film and music worlds have always been closely connected, one can't think of the early jazz age without including the great musicals from the era. The North Beach Jazz Festival, an innovative fest with "a genuine people's vibe" (SF Sidewalk) and the IndieFest's "unique program of films that can't find homes elsewhere" (FilmThreat) both present the Bay Area's underground art lovers unique, creative and innovative programming that can't be found anywhere else in the city.

The January 2000 IndieFest included DUMBARTON BRIDGE, a great new film by Charles Koppelman, an East Bay filmmaker and jazz lover who scored his film with Coltrain classics. This year the North Beach Jazz Festival will be including a film in its program, the world premiere of LIVE FROM SOMEWHERE, directed by Tony Maniaci and Brandon Heidt. This is the first time that NBJF introduces film as part of its nine-day program. "We felt that the subject matter tied in with the Festival and the Festival goals of stimulating a jazz renaissance in North Beach," says NBJF co-producer Herve Ernest. "Many of the musicians in the film are performing at the North Beach Jazz Festival. We are very excited that they chose the North Beach jazz scene as the subject for their first film."

San Francisco jazz lovers can look forward to a special North Beach Jazz Fest appearance at this January's IndieFest, taking place January 11-21, 2001.

Tickets for the July 31, 2000 IndieFest benefit are $45 and available through TicketMaster 415.421.TIXS and www.ticketmaster.com. For more information contact sfindie@sirius.com. The screening of LIVE FROM SOMEWHERE, and takes place on July 30 at the Velvet Lounge as part of the JAZZ WORKSHOP program. On August 2, JAZZ ON GRANT includes free screenings of the film at Bannam Place Theatre and a free performance by the film's subject, local saxophone prodigy Howard Wiley.

Contact Stevy Stephens: stevy@wenet.net or 415-533-7889 for further information, special arrangements, or payment by check.