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Lonnie Johnson is a talented but struggling saxophone player who is waiting for his big break to arrive. In the midst of losing his girlfriend and recording a demo record for a major label, he meets a ballet dancer named Adella who he has an instant connection with. When the label requires him to move to Los Angeles, Lonnie must choose between his music career and the girl who could be his soul mate.

the film
The facts
The mission


Production Goals

We are currently in the post-production phase as we have recently wrapped production this past August 2017 are currently seeking funding for editing, audio mixing, and marketing for festival screenings and special events in 2018. Among the steps we have taken to bring this project to life include receiving fiscal sponsorship with the New York Foundation of the Arts late last year and the casting Brooklyn-based saxophone player Beavin Lawrence to play the title role as well as compose the original score.



Director's Statement

"The Saxophonist is a sponsored project of the New York Foundation for the Arts. As the screenwriter, producer, and director, The Saxophonist is more to me than a short film. When I was a film student at Emerson College twelve years ago, I wrote the screenplay as my love letter to jazz music. At the time, I was inspired by a history of jazz course that I was enrolled in and my professor was the sole basis for the main character of 'Lonnie.' He is someone who respects music’s history and he wants to preserve it while aspiring to break new ground as legends like Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, and John Coltrane had done in the past."

-Andre´ Joseph


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