Boston Turkish Film and Music Festival10th ANNUAL BOSTON TURKISH FILM FESTIVAL SM
March 24 - April 30, 2011

The Greatest Ears in Town The Arif Mardin Story


THE GREATEST EARS IN TOWN: THE ARIF MARDIN STORY

A TRIBUTE TO ARIF MARDIN

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Friday, April 1, 2011    7:30 p.m.
Remis Auditorium, Museum of Fine Arts
465 Huntington Avenue, Boston

Directed by Joe Mardin & Doug Biro

Featuring: Phil Collins, Ahmet Ertegun, Aretha Franklin, Barry & Robin Gibb, Darryl Hall, Quincy Jones, Norah Jones, Chaka Khan, Sir George Martin, Bette Midler, Carly Simon

2010 / 104 min. / doc. / In English


SYNOPSIS

The Greatest Ears in Town is an insightful documentary and testimonial to Arif Mardin; the producer, arranger, musician and multi Grammy award winner. Although not a household name in his own right, the artists that Arif produced and worked with certainly are. Aretha Franklin, Dusty Springfield, The Bee Gees, Chaka Khan, Bette Midler, Barbra Streisand and Norah Jones are just a sprinkling of the talent he humbly nurtured during his lifetime. Arif Mardin was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2005 and unfortunately passed in June of 2006. The documentary follows Arif Mardin recording his last album All My Friends Are Here which he referred to as his “life’s work” with an all-star cast of singers and musicians, whilst also telling the story of his life and family.  It comprises interviews with Arif Mardin, Sir George Martin, Ahmet Ertegün, Quincy Jones, Chaka Khan, Phil Collins, Carly Simon, Barry & Robin Gibb, Darryl Hall, and many of the other stars whose successes he helped create. The film includes live studio and concert footage, archival photographs, home footage and a very personal story that built the hits that are now known as international classics.


SELECTED FESTIVALS AND AWARDS

  • Istanbul International Film Festival, Turkey (2010)
  • Nominated for Grammy Award in Best Long Form Music Video category (2011)


Director JOE MARDIN

Joe Mardin

Co-directed by Joe Mardin, in tribute to his father, and Doug Biro (Herbie Hancock: Possibilities), The Greatest Ears in Town is a companion to the NuNoise Records CD, "All My Friends Are Here," completed after Arif Mardin's death in 2006, and released on June 15, 2010.


 

Bette Midler's song (duet with Barry Gibb) released on Arif Mardin's 2010 album "All My Friends Are Here"

 

 

 
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