Tri-C JazzFest Hosts Panel Discussion on Film Showcased at CIFF

Virtual conversation launching April 8 features famed trumpeter Wynton Marsalis

Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C®) will premiere a video discussion focused on the Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland-supported TOPOWA! Never Give Up at the Cleveland International Film Festival (CIFF).

The video launches at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 8, via the Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland YouTube channel. It will be available for unlimited on-demand viewing with no end date.

The post-film discussion panel includes American jazz trumpeter Wynton Marsalis and others involved in TOPOWA! Never Give Up. The documentary shares the life-changing work of Brass for Africa, a nonprofit that brings brass music to disadvantaged African children.

The organization encourages student musicians to spread the love of music throughout their communities by becoming teachers. The film follows 12 of these musicians on a journey from the slums of Katwe, Uganda, to a London stage to play a live concert alongside Marsalis.

“We are honored to partner with CIFF on this extraordinary film,” said Terri Pontremoli, director of Tri-C JazzFest. “The College is thrilled about hosting the post-film discussion with Wynton Marsalis and the principals of this inspiring project.”

The panel discussion features Marsalis and Pontremoli as well as:

  • Jim Trott, founder of Brass for Africa
  • Inigo Gilmore and Philip Sansom, directors of TOPOWA! Never Give Up
  • Rupert Sansom, producer of TOPOWA! Never Give Up
  • Julius Namugera, a musician featured in the documentary

TOPOWA! Never Give Up is among 116 feature films and 182 short films being showcased during the virtual film festival. CIFF45 Streams will take place entirely online April 7-20 at

Film tickets are now on sale at Friends of Tri-C JazzFest can use discount code JAZZ to receive $1 off the purchase of a ticket. All films are limited to a maximum number of available streams. Films are available to stream on a first-come, first-served basis.

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