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Misty – The Erroll Garner Story

Erroll Garner was a self-taught American Jazz pianist considered a genius by his peers. He juggled a tremendously successful career with a complex private life.
2024 | 100′ | Language: English

World Sales

Director

Georges Gachot

Producer

Gachot Films
Georges Gachot

2 Pilots
Harry Flöter
Jörg Sipemann

Achtung Panda!
Jamila Wenske
Melanie Blocksdorf

Idéale Audience Group
Pierre-Olivier Bardet
Pierre-Martin Juban

in coproduction with
SRF / RTS / RSI
ZDF / ARTE

Partner

with the support of
Office fédéral de la culture
Succès Passage Antenne
Fonds culturel Suissimage
SRG SSR Idée Suisse
EURIMAGES
MEDIA Desk Suisse
Deutscher Filmförderfonds
MFG Filmförderung Baden-Württemberg
CNC
Desjardin S.A.S.

CAST

Jimmie Smith
Ernest McCarty
Brian Torff
Jim Doran
Dan Morgenstern
Kim Garner
Rosalyn Noisette
Thelma Spencer

With the special participation of Nils Petter Molvaer

Archives of
Martha Glaser
Gil Nobel
Andy William
David Frost
Johnny Carson

CREW

SCREENPLAY
Georges Gachot
Paolo Poloni

DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
Filip Zumbrunn

SOUND MIXER
Balthasar Jucker
Olivier Jean-Richard

EDITOR
Jean-Jacques Leblanc
Stephan Krumbiegel
Olaf Voigtländler
Vincent Pluss

SOUND DESIGN & RE-RECORDING MIXER
Martin Steyer
Tilo Ehmann

COLORIST
Fabian Kimoto

COMPOSER MUSIC ORIGINAL
Nils Petter Molvaer
Ernest McCarty

Awards and nominations

Screenings and festivals

DOK.Fest Munich 2024

Misty – The Erroll Garner Story

Erroll Garner was a self-taught American Jazz pianist considered a genius by his peers. He juggled a tremendously successful career with a complex private life.

Through the eyes of those who were close to him, MISTY approaches one of jazz’s greatest mysteries: who was the man behind the ever-friendly smile?

DIRECTOR’S NOTE

It was a wonderful surprise when Martha Argerich, the legendary Argentinian pianist, told me about her fascination for Erroll Garner’s music. We were shooting the film Evening Talks in 2002 about her, and in the middle of our conversation about Schumann, Chopin and Beethoven, the subject of Erroll Garner suddenly came up. Since my childhood Erroll Garner has always been the greatest Jazz pianist for me and to be able to share that passion with Martha Argerich was a revelation. Twenty years later Misty now provides an answer to the Evening talks back then and my desire to share with a wider public, the music and the unknown life story of this musical genius.

Martha Argerich speaks about Erroll Garner in „Evening Talks“, by Georges Gachot, 2003

Our adventure following in the footsteps of Erroll Garner has brought us face-to-face with living witnesses who knew him personally, despite his passing 47 years ago. Our story is told exclusively by people who were close to Erroll Garner and who help us to relive the importance of his music and uncover hidden facets of his private life.

The Protagonists :

Drummer Jimmie Smith, performed with Garner form 1967 until 1974.

Bassist Ernest McCarty, performed with Garner form 1970 until 1974.

Bassist Brian Torff, accompanied Garner on his last US tour in February 1975 and performed with him during his very last set at Mister Kelly’s Club in Chicago. That very last performance was recorded by the mother of Brian Torff.

Jim Doran, Erroll Garner’s biographer and friend.

Kim Garner, Erroll Garner’s secret daughter, who was never recognized as such. Kim was 5 years old when her mother separate from Erroll Garner.

Rosalyn Noisette, Erroll Garner’s partner during the last six years of his life. Garner died in Rosalyn’s arms on January 2nd, 1977 in Los Angeles.

Thelma Spencer, Rosalyn Noisette’s aunt, who met Erroll Garner a few times.

Martha Glaser, the only ever manager Erroll Garner had, she was with him from from 1950 until his death January 2nd, 1977.

Journalist and producer Dan Morgenstern was a good friend of Garner’s manager, Martha Glaser.

Gil Nobel, African American journalist, famous for his TV show „Like it is“ in which he interviewed major figures like Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr., Fannie Lou Hamer or Paul Robeson.

Furthermore, we have the special musical participation of Norwegian Star trumpet player, Nils Petter Molvaer (Photo bellow)

The film, shot entirely in the USA, took us to Pittsburgh (Pensilvania), Erroll Garner’s hometown, New York, New Jersey, Guilford (CT), Las Vegas, Los Angeles or Carmel by the Sea, where the famous album „Concert by the Sea“ was recorded in September 1955.

A SELECTION OF ALBUMS BY GEORGES GACHOT

INTERNATIONAL PRESS

JAZZ THING (Martin Laurentius)

Link to the original German – English translation below.

Throughout his life, Erroll Garner (1921-1977) was a phenomenon. He began playing the piano at the age of three. Some of his older siblings had formal piano lessons, but Garner immediately played everything he heard them play. He never learnt to read music; his highly virtuoso piano playing, which later made him one of the style-defining jazz pianists in the history of this originally African-American music, was always intuitive and followed only his ear. He was able to use his left and right hand independently of each other. This enabled him to play low bass notes with his left hand in counterpoint to powerful chords with his right hand – often set against each other polyrhythmically. He was famous for his art of improvisation, which was both casually swinging and rhapsodically expansive. Garner laughed the whole time – as if even the most technically difficult passages were easy for him.

The French-Swiss filmmaker Georges Gachot has been intensively researching the life and work of this jazz piano legend for some time and has produced an exciting and interesting film documentary about Garner, „Misty – The Erroll Garner Story“. Gachot has delved into a number of archives, not just those of US television stations, and has unearthed some unknown film footage of these pianists. If you look at these clips and see how Garner flies over the keys with a smile, how he looks at the camera in a friendly manner and casually gives interviews with his left hand in his trouser pocket, you get an impression of the charisma of this man, who is just 1.57 metres tall.

Garner has kept his private life largely secret. However, Gachot has managed to speak to the pianist’s partner and daughter, who paint a very mixed picture of this internationally successful musician. He also managed to get many companions in front of the camera – and also found footage with Garner’s long-time manager Martha Glaser, who not only ensured that her client became one of the best-selling jazz musicians of his time, but also that he was successful in his legal dispute against Columbia Records and that his concerts in the USA in the 1950s and ’60s were not subject to segregation. On 5 May, „Misty – The Erroll Garner Story“ celebrates its world premiere at DOK.fest Munich in the Deutsches Theater.

PREMIERE @ DOK.Fest Munich, Deutsches Theater, 5. Mai 2024

with Jim Doran, Erroll Garner’s Biograph and a musical performance of Bassist Ernest McCarty with star trumpet player Nils Petter Molvaer (Photos © DOK.fest München/ Phil Strüning)

The crew member in Munich: DOP Filip Zumbrunn, Sound Mixer (one of 2) Tilo Ehmann, Editor (one of 4) Vincent Pluss. Producers, Jamila Wenske, Melanie Blocksdorf, Harry Flöter, Jörg Siepmann and Georges Gachot

World Sales

Director

Georges Gachot

Producer

Gachot Films
Georges Gachot

2 Pilots
Harry Flöter
Jörg Sipemann

Achtung Panda!
Jamila Wenske
Melanie Blocksdorf

Idéale Audience Group
Pierre-Olivier Bardet
Pierre-Martin Juban

in coproduction with
SRF / RTS / RSI
ZDF / ARTE

Partner

with the support of
Office fédéral de la culture
Succès Passage Antenne
Fonds culturel Suissimage
SRG SSR Idée Suisse
EURIMAGES
MEDIA Desk Suisse
Deutscher Filmförderfonds
MFG Filmförderung Baden-Württemberg
CNC
Desjardin S.A.S.

CAST

Jimmie Smith
Ernest McCarty
Brian Torff
Jim Doran
Dan Morgenstern
Kim Garner
Rosalyn Noisette
Thelma Spencer

With the special participation of Nils Petter Molvaer

Archives of
Martha Glaser
Gil Nobel
Andy William
David Frost
Johnny Carson

CREW

SCREENPLAY
Georges Gachot
Paolo Poloni

DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
Filip Zumbrunn

SOUND MIXER
Balthasar Jucker
Olivier Jean-Richard

EDITOR
Jean-Jacques Leblanc
Stephan Krumbiegel
Olaf Voigtländler
Vincent Pluss

SOUND DESIGN & RE-RECORDING MIXER
Martin Steyer
Tilo Ehmann

COLORIST
Fabian Kimoto

COMPOSER MUSIC ORIGINAL
Nils Petter Molvaer
Ernest McCarty

Awards and nominations

Screenings and festivals

DOK.Fest Munich 2024