LIVINGSTON TAYLOR: LIFE IS GOOD, A Benefit for the Vineyard HouseUSA | 2017 | 68 minutes | Not Rated | Documentary, Music
Directed by Tracey Anarella
Wednesday August 22, 2018, 7:30pm
Martha's Vineyard Film Center
$25 General Admission, Benefit for Vineyard House
Doors Open for admissions 30 min. prior to screening
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Directed by Tracey Anarella
Co-Producer Peter Fish
Starring Livingston Taylor, Carly Simon, Ian Anderson, Kate Taylor, Ben Taylor
Director Tracey Anarella and Livingston Taylor will join us for a Q&A afterward.
JUST ANNOUNCED – Livingston will perform an acoustic set of music after the film and Q&A.
Award Winning Director Tracey Anarella has teamed up with Livingston to create a compelling documentary about Livingston, his life, his career and his unique and amazing teachings at the Berklee College of Music! The film, “Livingston Taylor – Life Is Good” shows Livingston Taylor as the unique one-off that he is. Equal parts Mark Twain, WC Fields, college professor, and musical icon – an icon who is a large part of America’s first music family, one part iconoclastic and beloved professor giving back to the music that nurtured him, and most importantly, a man whose life is testament to the concept that ‘Life IS Good’. An airplane-flying, motorbike-riding, singing-guitar/piano-man, dead set on enriching the world he inhabits. Liv represents a unique type of modern guide as to how one’s life could be a very good life by being inquisitive, smart, and grabbing life by its collar and never letting go. Indeed, there is no one like Liv.
Tracey Anarella is an award-winning documentary filmmaker. Her first film, “Jesse and The Fountain of Youth” (2103) was directed, shot, edited and produced by Ms. Anarella, establishing her as a true quadruple threat. Jesse garnered major awards from coast-to-coast, winning Best Short Documentary in 10 film festivals.
Building on her success with “Jesse and the Fountain of Youth”, Tracey’s second short doc, “Brooklyn United”, found even greater success and international acclaim. “Brooklyn United” was screened at the Cannes Film Festival Short Corner, and won the Audience Award for Short Documentaries at the SENE Film and Music Festival and also won the Platinum Remi Award at the WorldFest Houston Film Festival.
After making her name as a noted director of short docs, Tracey helmed her first feature-length documentary, “Not Black Enough”. The film stars the very noted Professor Henry Louis Gates of Harvard University, actress Vanessa Williams and Grammy Nominated Rap Artist Petey Pablo. “Not Black Enough” has won major film festivals worldwide, including the prestigious Women of the World film festival in Dubai, U.A.E, as well as many other major film festivals including the Austin Revolution Film Festival, The Buffalo-Niagara Film Festival and Roxbury International Film Festival. Along with “Jesse 7 The Fountain of Youth” and “Brooklyn United”, “Not Black Enough” can be screened on Amazon Prime, where it is the most viewed black documentary on that platform.
Tracey then completed her second major feature, “Livingston Taylor – Life Is Good”, an exploration on the life and work of noted singer-songwriter Livingston Taylor, and how his artistry has impacted audiences, as well as his students at Berklee College Of Music, worldwide. In addition to Livingston, the film stars such notables as Carly Simon, Ian Anderson, Ben Taylor and Kate Taylor, all who explore Livingston’s unique relationship to the world around him. The film, just recently completed, has already won the prestigious Van Gogh Award at the Amsterdam Film Festival, and is poised to make a major festival run in the fall of 2018.
Vineyard House provides housing for Island men and women in need of a safe structured living environment while they are in the early stages of recovery from alcohol and drug addiction. In 2014 we moved into a new specially designed sober living community with separate houses for men and women, an administration building, and 12 step meeting rooms to provide the support residents need while renewing responsibilities to themselves, their families and the community.