Filmmakers Amitabh Joshi and Erik Spink spotlight Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, the Grammy-nominated, modern jazz musician from New Orleans who defies the expectations of jazz while challenging how music is taught in universities nationwide.
A native of New Orleans, Christian Scott is a modern jazz music artist, trumpeter and composer. Raised in a family of legendary musicians, Scott’s musical form attempts to “stretch” jazz’s rhythmic, melodic and harmonic conventions to encompass as many other musical forms, languages and cultures as possible: Scott is a contemporary artist defying the expectations of jazz. Scott also challenges how music is taught in universities nationwide and presents music education as a tool of change and an opportunity for a new generation of Americans. Scott has won the Edison Award twice and has been Grammy nominated twice. Follow him on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
Amitabh Joshi is a director and cinematographer at Vacant Light, a film and media production company based in New York City. His first feature length documentary, Tashi’s Turbine (2014) profiles residents of a small village in the Himalayan Mountains trying to harness wind energy. Amitabh served as co-producer and co-cinematographer on the documentary feature A Little Wisdom which had its US Premiere at The SxSW film festival in 2018. As an MFA candidate he was nominated for a Student Academy Award in 2012 for his film Wonder Welders. Amitabh was awarded the Princess Grace JustFilms Grant in 2012, The Shelley and Donald Rubin Foundation grant in 2013, and Center for Asian American Media Documentary Fund in 2014. Joshi has worked as a cinematographer for Art21 and numerous documentaries. In 2016, Joshi was accepted into Lincoln Center Film Society’s Artist Academy at the 2016 New York Film Festival where he received mentorship and was recognized for his work in the field thus far. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram.
Erik Spink is a director/producer at Vacant Light, a film and media production company based in New York City; he is a lifelong resident of the Bronx. Spink’s work in film, television, and digital media has been focused predominantly on non-fiction storytelling. Additionally, Spink has worked with brands and non-profit organizations creating original moving image projects across all platforms. Spink was the producer of Amitabh Joshi’s feature-length documentary film Tashi’s Turbine, which aired on PBS’s WORLD Channel in 2016. In 2017, Erik was nominated for Impact Partners’ Emerging Producers Fellowship. Erik serves on the faculty in the MFA for Social Documentary Film department at The School of Visual Arts. He earned his Bachelors of Arts in Cinema Studies at SUNY Purchase College and an MFA in Social Documentary Film from the School of Visual Arts. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram.