Let Yourself Go – The Lives of Fred Hersch
´106 , published on DVD, in Co-Production with Aha! DVD, 2008
The New Yorker Jazz Pianist Fred Hersch is one of the greatest pianists and composers of contemporary Jazz. His musical work is remarkable and so is his way of life. Fred Hersch, has been HIV positive since the early 80ties. His disease progressed to AIDS. He was one of the first Jazz musicians who publicly came out as gay . Well-humoured and open, he speaks about his life with AIDS, his career with all its ups and downs, and about his music – the vital force that empowers him to live with his illness.
Filmmaker Katja Duregger has followed Fred Hersch over a period of two years, from 2006–2008. She shot much of the material by herself, which enabled her to produce a very intimate and moving portrait of this exceptional musician.
The DVD “Let Yourself Go – The Lives of Fred Hersch” offers four documentaries, each of them describing a different aspect of Fred Hersch´s life. Excerpts from his live concerts allow the music to speak for itself.
With: Scott Morgan, Hank Hersch, Sophia Rosoff, Norma Winstone, Michael Mac Donald, Charles Hamlen, Nasheet Waits, John Hébert, Christopher O´Riley.
23rd London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, 2009, London, UK
Cinestrat 09 – III Festival de Cine Documental, 2009, Alicante, Spain
24th Torino LGBT Festival 2009, Turin, Italy
Florence Queer Festival 2011, Florence, Italy
|Director of Photography:
||Katja Duregger, Thomas Kutschker, Melinda Hunt
||Dirk Franken, Volker Gehrke
||Ike Bohlig, Jürgen Kolenda
||Daniela Berger-Huza, Christoph Bausum
With kind support of: Filmstiftung NRW
Supported from: DEUTSCHE AIDS STIFTUNG
Classical Action – Performing Arts against AID
Fotos with kind permission of: Gay Center New York
Michael Mac Donald
Music: Fred Hersch, Composer:
Songs: At the Close of the Day
Poem in A Cloud
Black Dog Pays a Visit
Additional: Concert in C‑major for two pianos, Johann Sebastian Bach
The water is wide, traditional
Production: Aha!DVD / Volker Gehrke and Katja Duregger
Copyright: Katja Duregger, Aha!DVD/ Volker Gehrke 2008