Enzo Avitabile Music Life


Enzo Avitabile, renowned Neapolitan saxophonist and singer/songwriter, is here filmed by Oscar-winning director Jonathan Demme, a longtime admirer of Avitabile’s music. This work represents an incredible opportunity as one of the world’s great directors tells us not just about the music of a singular artist in its fusion of Neapolitan, world music (and especially Arab with performances by Naseer Shamma and Palestinian singer Amal Murkus) and jazz but also of a city, Naples, with all of its treasures and contradictions, as Enzo creates amazing new music with collaborators from all over the world, including Eliades Ochoa of Buena Vista Social Club, Naseer Shamma, Daby Touré and Trilok Gurtu. Music and a movie you will never forget!


Starts Oct. 18 in NY and Oct. 25 in LA!


Coming soon to a theatre near you!
Currently booked with Enzo Avitabile Music Life:

Reel Pizza Cinerama, Bar Harbor, ME: 9/13/13 – 9/15/13
Wine Country Film Festival, Glen Ellen, CA: 9/25/13 – 9/29/13
Milwaukee Film Festival, Milwaukee, WI: 9/29/13 – 10/10/13
Angelika Film Center, New York, NY: 10/18/13 –
Lincoln Plaza, New York, NY: 10/18/13 –
Jacob Burns Film Center, New York, NY: 10/20/13
Austin Film Festival, Austin, TX: 10/24/13 – 10/31/13
Royal, West L.A., CA: 10/25/13 –
Playhouse 7, Pasadena, CA: 10/25/13 –
Village East 7, New York, NY, 10/25/13 –
Pickford Film Center, Bellingham, WA: 10/25/13
Limelight Cinema, Bellingham, WA: 10/26/13 –
Palm Theatre, San Luis Obispo, CA: 11/1/13 –
Railroad Square Cinema, Waterville, ME: 11/1/13 –
Upstate Films, Rhinebeck, NY: 11/1/13 –
Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT: 11/8/13 –
Houston Cinema Arts Festival, Houston, TX: 11/10/13
Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center, New Orleans, LA: 11/15/13 – 11/20/13
Cinema 21 Theatre, Portland, OR: 11/22/13 –
Avalon Theatre, Washington, DC: 11/27/13 –
Nevada Theatre, Nevada City, CA: 12/1/13 –
Movies at the Museum – Portland Museum of Art, Portland, ME: 12/20/13 – 12/22/13
The Screen, Santa Fe, NM: 1/3/14 –
Guild Cinema, Albuquerque, NM: 1/10/14 – 1/14/14
Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH: 2/26/14 – 2/28/14
Bennett Street Films, Buffalo, WY: 3/2/14
Laura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center, Fryeburg, ME: 5/9/14
Jacob Burns Film Center, Pleasantville, NY: 6/2/14
Fundy Film Society, Wolfville, NS: 12/3/14



Eliades Ochoa and Enzo Avitabile



Jonathan Demme films Enzo Avitabile



Daby Touré










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About the Director

Jonathan Demme began his film career as a writer and producer for Roger Corman in 1971, and has gone on to direct and produce more than 30 movies.  Demme’s films, which have been nominated for 20 Academy Awards, include Philadelphia, Rachel Getting Married, The Manchurian Candidate, and Silence of the Lambs, for which he won the Oscar for Best Director in 1991.


Demme’s upcoming projects include Fear of Falling, based on Andre Gregory & Wallace Shawn's adaptation of the Ibsen play Master Builder Solness, and a portrait documentary Enzo Avitabile Music Life, which premiered at the Venice Film Festival in 2012. Both expect to be released later this year.


Other new projects in the works include 3 forthcoming New Orleans portrait documentaries along the lines of I'm Carolyn Parker: The Good, The Mad, And The Beautiful.


Enzo Avitabile and Jonathan Demme