Project Description

This multi-award winning documentary by young German director Yoon-ha Chang is the story of a man, Ralf Kemper, driven to celebrate a long forgotten music legend. Kemper crosses between Europe and the United States, finding the best players, arrangers and producers to create the album of his dreams. He showcases Jimmy Scott in the finest way possible, virtually bankrupting himself in the process.

Singer Jimmy Scott is one of the few modern links to the golden age of jazz. Close friend of Billie Holiday, Charlie Parker and the only artist ever produced by Ray Charles, Scott’s career is a long series of misfortune and tragedy interspersed with two of the greatest jazz vocal albums of all time.

Featuring Quincy Jones, Joe Pesci, Renee Olstead, David Sanborn and a host of jazz luminaries in dynamic studio performances, I Go Back Home – Jimmy Scott is a documentary full of soul and hope. A love letter to the power of music, a scarcely believable story of a music legend and a moving account of one fan’s attempt to finally bring attention to a man the New York Times described as “the most unjustly ignored singer of the 20th Century”.

Director: Yoon-ha Chang
Year: 2016
Duration: 96 minutes
Language: English/German with English, German or French subtitles

Festivals and Awards:
Best Documentary Festival International du Film de Bruxelles 2016
Best Documentary Snowdance Film Festival 2016
SEE THE SOUND AWARD for Best Music Documentary Soundtrack Cologne Festival 2016
South by Southwest Festival 2016
Harlem International Film Festival 2016
FIPA Festival International de Programmes Audiovisuels 2016