A Concerto is a Conversation

A Concerto is a Conversation

Nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Short Subject at the 2021 Academy Awards, Premiering at 2021’s Sundance Film Festival and from Executive Producer, filmmaker Ava DuVernay – this short film portrays and is co-directed by acclaimed film composer (When They See Us, Green Book, Bridgerton), jazz pianist Kris Bowers as he sits down with his 91-year-old grandfather, who reflects on his journey to California from Jim Crow Florida. 

Their exchange mirrors the title’s musical form, their stories illuminate the differences and similarities between their exceptional lives and how one generation can inspire the next.


“We need to have these conversations. We need to hear these stories… I just can’t thank you enough for making this short.” Michael Moore

“Poignant, elegant and lyrical… Magical thrill.” – Les Roka, The Utah Review

Awards and Nominations

Academy Awards (Oscar) 2021, Best Documentary, Short Subject, Nominee 
Cleveland International Film Festival, 2021, Best Black Cinema Short, Winner
Indy Shorts International Film Festival, USA 2021, Jenni Berebitsky Legacy Award, Winner
San Francisco International Film Festival, 2021, Golden Gate Award, Best Family Film, Nominee and Special Jury Award, Best Family Film, Winner


Kris Bowers and
Ben Proudfoot



Film Details

2020, 13 min