Meet filmmaker Jim Burns at a special screening of “Jimmy Van Heusen: Swingin’ with Frank & Bing” at the Hoboken Historical Museum on Saturday, Oct. 17 at 7 p.m. The film, which aired in 2014 on PBS, tells the story of the songwriting genius that produced four Academy Awards for Best Song and scores of timeless melodies for the Great American Songbook, such as “All The Way,” “Come Fly With Me,” and “Love and Marriage.”
One of American music’s most prolific and colorful composers, Van Heusen was a fighter plane test pilot and legendary bachelor – even by Hollywood standards – and he forged a longtime friendship and musical partnership with Frank Sinatra. The film features appearances by major figures from film and music including Tony Bennett, Shirley MacLaine, and Frank Sinatra, Jr.
The screening will be followed by a talk by the film’s director, Jim Burns. With New York-based Burns Media Productions, he produces and directs long and short form documentaries, as well as multimedia programming for advertising and major live events. Burns is currently in production of “New York Nights: Hot, Jitterin’ Jazz,” a film about five exceptional young artists who are electrifying the music scene for an equally young fan base.
Jim will be joined by Charles Granata, music historian and author of Sessions with Sinatra: Frank Sinatra and the Art of Recording. Granata is also the producer of “Nancy for Frank,” the program hosted by Nancy Sinatra heard weekly on the Siriusly Sinatra channel on Sirius/XM Radio. This event has been organized by Projected Images of Hudson County. All are welcome, and a donation of $5 is suggested.