OVERVIEW

“The Cole Nobody Knows” is a documentary on Chicago-native Freddy Cole, the lesser-known, yet equally talented younger brother of Nat “King” Cole. At age 80, Freddy Cole is, at last, being widely recognized for his amazing musical talent.

The film examines the complicated journey of creating a career in the shadow of a famous sibling. Mr. Cole’s story is told through interviews with Mr. Cole, Monty Alexander, Nancy Wilson, David “Fathead” Newman, John di Martino, H Johnson, Carl Anthony and many others.

Photographed in Atlanta, New York City, New Jersey, Los Angeles, Switzerland & France, “The Cole Nobody Knows” also offers a reinvigorating journey through the “Great American Songbook” by offering extraordinary, live performance material with Freddy Cole and his quartet.

 

2007 USA  - TRT 21 min.

Produced, Directed, Photographed & Edited by Clay Walker

CAST

Monty Alexander

Carl Anthony

Freddy Cole

John Di Martino

H Johnson

David "Fathead" Newman

Nancy Wilson

Clark Terry

 

PREVIEW TRAILER


 

DIRECTOR'S STATEMENT

Freddy Cole is one of America's great, unacknowledged treasures.   This project was developed as a result of my great admiration for the music of Freddy Cole.

I first experienced Mr. Cole's music twelve years ago when I heard a beautiful ballad played on the radio that touched my soul in a way that music rarely can these days.  The song was Mr. Cole’s rendition of Stevie Wonder’s “Overjoyed,” complemented by Mr. Grover Washington, Jr. on saxophone.

Many years later, I had the great pleasure of experiencing Mr. Cole and his quartet perform at Spivey Hall in Atlanta.  I later attended his 70th birthday party, which was somewhat of a public event, where I spoke to him for the first time.

With this project, I wish to introduce Mr. Cole in the present tense to those who are unfamiliar with his music and allow new listeners to develop their own appreciation for his wonderful talents.

Clay Walker, 2006

 

FESTIVAL EXHIBITIONS

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2008 Nov - Paso Robles Film Festival
2008 Mar - Southern Circuit Festival Tour
2007 Oct - Festival Internacional de Cine Documental - Mexico City
2007 Sep - Atlanta Docufest
2007 Sep - Southern Winds Film Festival - Oklahoma
2007 Sep - Salento International Film Festival - Italy
2007 Sep - Tucson Film and Music Festival
2007 Jun - San Francisco Black Film Festival
2007 May - Generations - Berlin (Opening Night Film)
2007 May - Silver Lake Film Festival - Los Angeles
2007 Apr - Newport Beach Film Festival
2007 Apr - Nashville Film Festival
2007 Mar - Tiburon International Film Festival
2007 Mar - Cine Noir - Wilmington, NC (Opening Night Film)
2007 Mar - Lake County International Film Festival - Chicago
2007 Mar - Sedona International Film Festival
2007 Feb - Oxford Film Festival
2007 Feb - Pan African Film Festival - Los Angeles
2007 Feb - Reel Music Film Festival - Portland Art Museum
2006 Nov - DaKINO - Bucharest Int'l Film Festival - Romania
2006 Oct - Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival - Arkansas
2006 Oct - Heart of Gold Film Festival - Queensland, Australia
2006 Oct - Dubrovnik Int'l Film Festival - Croatia
2006 Oct - Indie Memphis Film Festival
2006 Oct - FAIF International Film Festival - Hollywood, CA
2006 Sep - Raindance Film Festival - London
2006 Sep - Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival - Birmingham
2006 Sep - Washington DC Shorts Film Festival
2006 Sep - Rome International Film Festival - Georgia
2006 Aug - Miami International Jazz Film Festival
2006 Aug - Rhode Island International Film Festival
2006 Jun - ReelHeART International Film Festival - Toronto
2006 Jun - Atlanta Film Festival
2006 Jun - Boston International Film Festival
2006 May - Indianapolis International Film Festival
2006 Apr - Kansas City Filmmakers Jubilee
2006 Apr - Garden State Film Festival - Asbury Park, NJ
2006 Mar - Independent Black Film Festival - Atlanta
2006 Feb/June - Thomas Edison Black Maria Film Festival - traveling tour
2006 Feb - Big Sky Int'l Doc Film Festival - Missoula, MT
2006 Jan - Park City Film Music Festival - Utah
2005 Dec - Anchorage International Film Festival - Alaska
2005 Oct - Paste Magazine's Rock 'n' Reel Film Festival - Atlanta
2005 Oct - Westwood International Film Festival - Los Angeles


SCREENINGS

2011 Oct - Freddy Cole's 80th Birthday Celebration - Atlanta History Center
2008 Oct - Jazz88's Reel Jazz Film Series - Minneapolis
2006 Dec - NATAS "Screens It!" - Atlanta
2006 Aug - Laemmle's Grande 4-PLEX - Los Angeles
2006 Aug - Sedona Film Festival Second Tuesday Cinema Series
2006 June - Steinway Tribute to Freddy Cole
2006 May - Cannes Film Festival - "Short Film Corner"
2006 Feb - Brooklyn Independent Cinema Series
2005 July - JazzAscona - Switzerland (sample work-in-progress)
2005 Apr - Apple HD motion graphic demo (8 sec) - NAB, Las Vegas


AWARDS

2008 Paso Robles Film Festival - Best Short Music Documentary
2007 DocuFest Atlanta - Best Documentary Short
2007 Generations, Berlin - Best Film in the Fine Arts Discipline
2006 ReelHeART In'tl Film Festival - 1st Place, music/dance film
2006 Black Maria Film Festival - Director's Choice Award
2006 Atlanta Film Festival - Grand Jury Best Doc Short (nom)
2006 Garden State Film Festival - Honorable Mention
2006 Park City Film Music Film Festival - Audience Choice Award
2005 CINE Golden Eagle Award - Washington, DC
2005 Westwood Int'l Film Festival - Best Documentary (nom)
2005 Aurora Awards - "Best of Show" - Biographical Documentary

REVIEWS

"Jazz Supreme", Creative Loafing, 12.13.06, p. 87
[ online link ] [ downloadable pdf ]

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Stomp & Stammer, V. 11, No. 8, pp 34-35, June 2006
[ downloadable pdf ]

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"Park City Now Knows Cole", CinemATL,
Issue 3 Feb/Mar 2006 [ online link ]
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"The Cole Nobody Knows Festival Tour", Create Magazine,
published 2-2-06 [ online link ]

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"Freddy Cole: The Cole Nobody Knows", All About Jazz,
published 12-4-05 [ online link ] [ downloadable pdf ]

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"Walker Knows 'The Cole Nobody Knows,' Oz Magazine, p.12

published 11/05 [ jpg of article ]

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"The Cole Nobody Knows: Documentary Pays Homage to Atlanta's Secret Legend," Feature article , The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Published 10/06/05 [ link ] [ downloadable pdf ]

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"It's an enchanting, beautiful, and reverent film."
filmmaker Michael Bay

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"Freddy Cole Hat Musik Im Blut," JazzAscona Gazette - Switzerland
published July 2005 [ image ]

 

ONLINE MEDIA



PHOTOS

Freddy Cole High Resolution Images for print - please email for link request

 

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