The film Bill Evans, Time Remembered took me 8 years to make. Eight years of tracking down anybody who knew Bill and who played with him, to try and find out as much as I could about the illusive and not easy to understand Bill Evans. I feel very honored to have had the chance to interview and get to know good guys that spent a lot of time with Bill: Billy Taylor, Gene Lees, Tony Bennett, Jack DeJohnette, Jon Hendricks, Jim Hall, Bobby Brookmeyer, Chuck Israels, Paul Motian, Gary Peacock, Joe LaBarbera. It was a once in a life time experience talking to these gifted talented guys about their time in jazz music, about their “Time Remembered“ with Bill Evans.
My second interview in making this film was with Paul Motian. He was not receptive to having an interview and I had to persist more than once to finally meet with him. We met at the Village Vanguard and he seemed to open up and want to share a lot about Bill Evans. Motian linked up with Bill Evans at an audition in 1955 to play with Jerry Wald.
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In 2018, the film was submitted to approximately 125 film festivals through the Film Freeway Platform. The film was accepted by 55 festivals with 30 awards.
Before the film’s release, a rough cut version was submitted to the Atlanta Film Festival where the film won its first award: