JMG Films: Independent Documentaries

Stream Jeff’s Documentaries

The God Given Talent: The Creative Life of Charles Curtis Blackwell (2019) from JMG Films on Vimeo.

Making Up My Mind: Searching for Jimmy Lyons (2020) from JMG Films on Vimeo.

Passion is the Money (2018) from JMG Films on Vimeo.

JULY 10-12, 2020
Online Premiere of "Making Up My Mind: Searching for Jimmy Lyons"!

A free/by donation online documentary screening event about Jimmy Lyons, the renowned jazz poet and musician who was once arrested in New York City for his genre-bending style.

A predecessor to hip hop, and contemporary to Jack Kerouac, Bob Dylan and Cecil Taylor, Jimmy Lyons was an artist in the truest sense!

Directly support independent filmmakers Jeff M. Giordano (producer/director) and Aaron Gwynn (editor):

From May 15 – 17, Rain Taxi, an independent literary venue in Minneapolis is presenting our 70-minute documentary about blind poet/artist Charles Curtis Blackwell!!

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Recent Screening: 68th Columbus International Film & Animation Festival (April 2020).

World Premiere: San Francisco Black Film Festival (2019)  followed by screenings at Over-the-Rhine International Film Festival, Silicon Valley African Film Festival, 15th Poppy Jasper Film Festival, and International Premiere in Greece at the Documentary Festival of Ierapetra.March 21, 2020
In response to the shelter-in-place, Jeff launched a bandcamp page for Charles Curtis Blackwell’s latest poetry (recording his poems over the phone) for two albums of spoken word poetry. Individual poems cost $1 and each album is $5 (including bonus tracks)

First 15 Minutes ::: ROMANTIC CHORUS (Animated-Documentary, 2021)

The First Cut is 85-minutes and visually supported by temporary imagery that are a diverse range of still photos from cinema history, which illustrate the themes and content of the participant’s voices. Even though the photos are temporary, they add an exciting layer to the project — deepening the imaginative possibilities for the Animation.

Directed/produced by Jeff M. Giordano.
Edited by Aaron Gwynn.

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