A Swingin' Trio with Crazy Beats Strong Every Time
US Navy Memorial Heritage Center
Washington , DC
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A Swingin' Trio with Crazy Beats Strong Every Time
DC Premiere of A SWINGIN' TRIO

2011 / 80 mins / USA / directed by Kelvin Phillips

Post-screening Q&A with Director Kelvin Z. Phillips

Screens with Crazy Beats Strong Every Time  
2011 / 27 mins / USA / directed by Moon Molson

Homer Garçon is an unpublished and frustrated science fiction writer living off the success of his wife, Trude Garçon-Moore, a busy Hollywood producer. As a result, he finds himself "trapped" in lavish surroundings  his luxury jail  and with publisher rejection letters piling high, Homer has convinced himself of his wife's infidelity. Phillips' darkly-comic script follows Homer as he dives into the prickly territories of self-awareness and self pity, in his quest to find the truth about his possibly cheating wife--and himself--all at a Valentine's Day dinner decidedly set for three. A largely dialogue-driven film, "A Swingin' Trio" is about four things: love, music, betrayal, and one really good dinner.

The Director's Statement:

"A Swingin' Trio" was born out of two ideas. The first was the urge, the challenge if you will, to make a film structured around the Aristotelian unities of time, place, and action.  The second was to use a jazz trio as a Greek chorus of sorts to that story being told. With "A Swingin' Trio" we attempt to replicate that magic that's captured in a jazz club when a simple trio of three instrumentalists really start to swing. In the case of our film the musicians are three characters, the stage is the couple's home, and the set is the story of what happens to them over the course of the evening.

Kelvin Z. Phillips (Writer/Director):

Kelvin Z. Phillips is the recipient of grants from Jerome Foundation, Art Matters, Inc., Brooklyn Arts and Cultural Association, and Apparatus Productions (founded by Christine Vachon and Todd Haynes). He is also the recipient of the Laurel Productions and the Herbert Biegel Screenwriting Awards, and is an alumnus of the Guy Hanks/Marvin Miller Screenwriting Fellowship, established by Drs. Bill and Camille Cosby. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Film Directing from Howard University and Master of Fine Arts in Dramatic Writing from New York University. He lives in Austin, Texas with his wife Carla and son Justice  with occasional visits from his oldest son, Kelvin II, who is serving in the U.S. Air Force.


A film that resonates with narrative intensity and drama.  One night, after returning home with a crew of his friends, Markees, an African-American twenty-something, finds a drunken African man passed out in their apartment building hallway. After ridiculing the drunk, the young men realize that the he is actually Markees's Nigerian-immigrant stepfather.  Tensions build. Can Markees fly in the face of urban machismo and his own youthful pride to stop this collision course before someone really gets hurt.

Director Moon Molson's  previous short "Pop Foul" screened at over 100 film festivals, including the 2007 Sundance Film Festival, and won 41 awards worldwide, including the 2006 Student Academy Award. His most recent short "Crazy Beats Strong Every Time" formed the basis for his 2008 Sundance Lab project "Meadowlandz," which also won Best Screenplay at the 2008 Urbanworld Film Festival. Moon lives in Manhattan, where he continues to make films about Jersey that are shot in Brooklyn.

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