Radius-TWC has acquired the worldwide rights for the jazz documentary “Keep on Keepin’ On.”
The film premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival last Saturday and earned Al Hicks the award for best new documentary director for his debut.
The melodic pic follows the 23-year-old blind piano prodigy Justin Kauflin and his mentor jazz legend Clark Terry over a four-year span. Terry, who also helped launch Miles Davis and Quincy Jones’ careers, was the first African-American staff musician on the “Tonight Show.” Jones produced with Paula DuPre’ Pesman.
The deal was negotiated by Dan Guando, EVP of acquisitions, and Radius co-presidents Tom Quinn and Jason Janego for TWC, with Josh Braun, Dan Braun, and David Koh of Submarine on behalf of the filmmakers.
“As was the case with ’20 Feet From Stardom,’ we’ve been incredibly fortunate to collaborate with gifted and talented musicians whose lives have been the inspiration for so many,” Quinn and Janego said in a statement. “Through Al’s deft hand, 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. What a privilege we’ve been given to work alongside them, Quincy Jones and Paula DuPre’ Pesmen on Al’s completely gratifying film.”
Radius-TWC was part of one of the highest-profile U.S. deals inked at Berlin’s EFM in February when it the acquired Danish werewolf romance “When Animals Dream.”