I Go Back Home - Jimmy Scott
Directed by Yoon-ha Chang
Starring Jimmy Scott, David Sanborn, Joe Pesci and Quincy Jones
In I GO BACK HOME - JIMMY SCOTT, we meet the German music producer Ralf Kemper, who takes on the journey to produce a record with the almost forgotten jazz icon Jimmy Scott, who is publicly unknown, but in informed quarters perceived to be a musical legend. Ralf wanted to realize this project ever since he had heard Jimmy‘s voice singing for the first time 30 years ago. But it took a personal tragedy to finally put his thoughts into action. Meeting Jimmy Scott at the age of 85 years living secluded and chairbound after an accident in Las Vegas Ralf was shocked by Jimmy‘s surprisingly bad health condition. Will he be able to put his plan into reality?
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★★★½ review by Libby Banks on Letterboxd
The first film that made me cry this SXSW. Jimmy Scott's singing made Joe Pesci weep because of its beauty, too, so I figure I'm in good company. Very moving film about aging/heroes/art/obsession - I enjoyed it a lot.
★★★★★ review by Andy Hazel on Letterboxd
At first it may seem odd for a documentary about Jimmy Scott to focus on anything other than Scott's incredible life story. Someday that story will probably form the basis of a scarcely-believable biopic, but I Go Back Home bravely looks at the making of Jimmy Scott's last album and the journey of producer Ralf Kemper. By following German jingle-producer Kemper's dream to risk everything to make an album with his much-slighted hero we're brought into a tale of triumph. Those who love and admire Scott include Quincy Jines, Joe Pesci and a host of jazz legends and features some wonderful in-studio footage. A surprisingly moving and wonderful film.
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