"Jazz is something that is always on the verge of breaking down and always on the verge of starting again. However it goes, you should remember that there was a time when this was very good."
A Sleeping Dog is a film about jazz and people who make it.
A bunch of people who are neither rich nor famous. They are quite shy and seemingly normal, and you will hardly recognise them in the street or at the supermarket.
The story of the dazzling scene of atypical musicians in the early years of Charlie Bird, Turin’s over-the-top jazz-pub.
In their path they have inevitably found the demon of music and, at the top of their priorities, live in it, without ever wanting to force it into a space nor define in words. Jazz is a fluid, mobile and indefinite genre that believes only in the present and in itself. They, our musicians follow the music without asking life where it is taking them.
A Sleeping Dog looks beyond the last note and tries to tell the story of what generated magic in that clump of instruments and men. Actually, this is not a documentary about magic, it is a documentary about miracles.This documentary is a testimony of love towards those who dedicate a good part of their lives to this ephemeral and almost useless exercise and who obtain for themselves and for others (only) smoke and magic.
Furio Di Castri, Danilo Pala, Alfredo Ponissi, Beppe Golisano, Gianni Denitto, Paolo Porta, Mauro Battisti, Luca Biggio, Toti Canzoneri, Ivan Bert, Francesco Partipilo, Aldo Rindone and Bernard Thomas