Bill Evans Time Remembered

Bill Evans Time Remembered is a 90-minute documentary film, produced by Bruce Spiegel which tells the story of Bill Evans’ turbulent life and his contribution to jazz music. The film was self-funded by the producer who traveled and interviewed approximately 40 people over a 7 year period of time. Several well renowned musicians are included in the film including Tony Bennett, Dr. Billy Taylor, singer Jon Hendricks, and jazz pianist Bill Charlap. The film also compiles a wide range of historical information about the jazz pianist including his first TV recording which appeared on CBS Look Up and Live in April 1958, playing Come Rain or Come Shine.

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  • Tony Bennett
    Key Cast
    American Singer
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  • Runtime:
    1 hour 27 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    November 4, 2015
  • Production Budget:
    30,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Big Sky Film Festival
    Missoula, Montana
    United States
    February 16, 2016
  • CIMMFest 2016
    United States
    April 14, 2016
  • FICCI - South America
    Cartagena, Colombia
    January 9, 2017
  • Jecheon International Film Festival
    Korea, Democratic People's Republic of
    August 12, 2017
  • Silicon Beach Film Festival
    Los Angeles
    United States
    April 27, 2017
  • Burlington Jazz Festival
    United States
    June 10, 2016
  • Rubber City Jazz Festival
    Akron, Ohio
    United States
    August 26, 2017
  • Doc n Roll Film Festival
    United Kingdom
    November 13, 2016
  • In Edit Film Festival
    November 5, 2017
  • Buenos Aires International Jazz Festival
    Buenos Aires
    November 20, 2017
  • Around International Film Festival
    January 11, 2018
    Best Feature Documentary
  • Mediterranean Film Festival
    Siracusa Sicily
    December 29, 2017
    Best Documentary
  • Hollywood International Independent Documentary Awards
    Los Angeles
    United States
    December 28, 2017
    Award of Excellence
  • Logcinema Art Films
    Los Angeles
    United States
    January 19, 2018
    Best Documentary
  • Montevideo World Film Festival
    July 14, 2018
    Best Feature Documentary
  • Amsterdam International Filmmakers Festival
    August 15, 2018
    Official Selection
Distribution Information
  • Reelhouse
    Country: Worldwide
    Rights: Video on Demand
  • Amazon USA
    Country: United States
    Rights: Video on Demand
  • Amazon UK
    Country: United Kingdom
    Rights: Video on Demand
Director Biography - Bruce Spiegel

For the last 25 years, Bruce Spiegel has been a producer and editor at CBS News/48 Hours. In 2002 he co-produced the award winning TV documentary “9-11” which won both an Emmy (2002) and Peabody Award (2003). In 2012, alongside Wynton Marsalis (jazz musician and artistic director at Jazz at Lincoln Center) and Hugh Masakela (South African music legend), Spiegel co-produced a CBS News/48 Hours TV documentary titled “Nelson Mandela: Father of a Nation”. The documentary explored the South African music that was used for Nelson Mandela’s eulogy, and won The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) Excellence Award in 2014.

In the late 80’s Spiegel wrote and edited “Machito, A Latin Jazz Legacy”, a documentary that chronicled the rise of Latin music in the 40’s and 50’s. The film has screened worldwide, and was the Jury Prize Winner at the 1986 San Antonio Film Festival and the First Prize Winner at the San Juan Film Festival in 1988. In 2006, he directed and produced “Long Road Home”, a documentary about John Malangone, a baseball phenomenon destined to be the next great Yankee catcher. The film won first prize at the Baseball Hall of Fame Festival in 2007.

Spiegel’s latest work, a documentary titled “Bill Evans: Time Remembered” was completed in 2015, and tells the story of Bill Evans’ turbulent life and his unprecedented contribution to the jazz community.

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Director Statement

The film Bill Evans, Time Remembered took me 8 years to make. Eight years of tracking down anybody who knew Bill and who played with him, to try and find out as much as I could about the illusive and not easy to understand Bill Evans. I feel very honored to have had the chance to interview and get to know good guys that spent a lot of time with Bill: Billy Taylor, Gene Lees, Tony Bennett, Jack DeJohnette, Jon Hendricks, Jim Hall, Bobby Brookmeyer, Chuck Israels, Paul Motian, Gary Peacock, Joe LaBarbera. It was a once in a life time experience talking to these gifted talented guys about their time in jazz music, about their “Time Remembered“ with Bill Evans.