of Mind and Music

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A lyrical and extraordinarily beautiful story woven together by the music that permeates New Orleans and the jazz that made it famous. Renowned Neuroscientist Dr. Alvaro Cruz (Joaqu’m De Almeida) returns home from a lecture in Paris and in his absence his mother has succumbed to Alzheimer's disease. As he decides to take some time off work and reconnect with the love of music he shared with his mother, finding solace in New Orleans' French Quarter, he hears the mesmerizing voice of Una Vida (Aunjanue Ellis). After repeat visits to hear her sing, he realizes that she is suffering from Alzheimer's and that her unconventional 'family," including fellow musician (Bill Cobbs), cannot cope with her declining health. Cruz puzzles his wife, Angela (Sharon Lawrence), by seeking out Una Vida's long lost son in hopes of finally giving her resolution to the grief, loss and longing that has overshadowed her difficult but also beautiful life.

Press

"OF MIND AND MUSIC IS A QUIET GEM... OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCES. DE ALMEIDA, OFTEN SEEN IN VILLAINOUS ROLES, DELIVERS A BEAUTIFULLY UNDERSTATED TURN. SUPERB CINEMATOGRAPHY AND GORGEOUS MUSICAL SCORE."
- THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER


"A DEEPLY MOVING, ABSORBING AND INSPIRING TRUE STORY WITH WHICH MILLIONS CAN IDENTIFY."
- JEFFREY LYONS/LYONS DEN RADIO


"SET IN THE CITY OF NEW ORLEANS, THE AWARD WINNING OF MIND AND MUSIC UNFOLDS LIKE A POIGNANT JAZZ SONATA. QUIETLY COMPELLING, THE FILM RESONATES WITH STRONG PERFORMANCES BY AUNJANUE ELLIS AS A STREET SINGER LOSING HER MEMORY AND JOAQUIM DE ALMEIDA AS A NEUROSCIENTIST DETERMINED TO HELP HER. BILL COBBS IS TOUCHING IN THE ROLE OF THE SINGER'S GUITARIST AND GUARDIAN COMPLETING A STORY THAT WILL LINGER LONG AFTER THE MUSIC ENDS."
- ROBERTA BURROWS, TALKING MOVIES 


"ADAMS CONJURES FLIGHTS OF VISUAL POETRY."
- LOS ANGELES TIMES


"A TENDERHEARTED FAMILY AFFAIR UNFOLDING AGAINST THE BACKDROP OF SOME SWEET NEW ORLEANS STREET MUSIC."
- KAM WILLIAMS, BARET NEWS SYNDICATE


"THERE'S A SOOTHING QUALITY TO OF MIND AND MUSIC – ITS CRISP EDITING, MEASURED PACE AND TENDER SCORE - THAT ACTS AS A PALLIATIVE COATING FOR ITS LAYERED AND INTERSECTING, EMOTION DRIVEN-STORIES. PERFORMANCES THAT ARE SUPERB ACROSS THE BOARD."
- LA WEEKLY


"QUIET AND LYRICAL. SURPRISES WITH UNEXPECTED IMPACT, THANKS TO THE TALENTED CAST AND THE POWERFUL DUAL FORCES OF MUSIC AND HUMAN KINDNESS."
- THE NEW ORLEANS ADVOCATE

cast crew

Directed By: Richie Adams

Written By: Richie Adams, Nicolas Bazan 

Produced By: Richie Adams, Brent Caballero, Nicolas Bazan, Nancy Green-Keyes

Executive Produced By: Nicolas Bazan 

Based on the Novel by: Nicolas Bazan 

Starring: Aunjanue Ellis ("Quantico", "The Book of Negroes", Men of Honor, The Help, Ray), Joaquim de Almeida (Our Brand Is Crisis, Desperado, Fast Five, Clear and Present Danger), Bill Cobbs (Night at the Museum, Oz the Great and Powerful , The Bodyguard) Sharon Lawrence ("NYPD Blue", "Grey's Anatomy") and Academy Award Nominated Ruth Negga (Loving ,"Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.", World War Z, The Samaritan)

   
Aunjanue Ellis
Bill Cobbs
Sharon Lawrence
Ruth Negga