The first preview of the film screened in Chicago at the Gene Siskel Film Center on January 24, 25, and 27.

From the Gene Siskel Film Center announcement:

The extraordinary art of Kahil El’Zabar, often called modern jazz’s “best-kept secret,” is explored through the lens of his complicated personal life while on tour. Filmmaker Johnson-Cochran, a long-time friend, has a ringside seat to astonishing performances, after-show liaisons, and mentoring sessions with kids of all ages that showcase El’Zabar as a powerfully talented teacher. BE KNOWN captures the quicksilver charisma and the fumbles and flaws of a man who attracts many, and some of the great avant-garde jazz sets of our time. DCP digital. (BS)

Director Dwayne Johnson-Cochran and musician Kahil El’Zabar were present for audience discussion at all screenings.

Music de Nuit Film Festival in Bordeaux


DJC in Perm Russia at festival 2015

 Pan African Film Festival in LA

Rwanda Film Festival in Kigali


Blue Nile Film Festival in Addis Ababa

Yerba Buena Center of the Arts in SF

Northwest Film Forum in Seattle

Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago

Washington DC Film Festival

DJC on Skype at WashDC FF 2015