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New York After Dark

We are thrilled to officially share our trailer for New York After Dark (featuring Frank Senior!). Experience the greatest city in the world in a completely new, daring and poignant way – through the senses of the blind community.

New York After Dark – Trailer from So Hum Productions on Vimeo.

We are always looking to expand our community in an effort to introduce New York After Dark to a larger audience. To learn more about the film and find out how you can help with the production, visit our website- nyafterdarkmovie.com/ .

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Access Quest hosts the 2014 Blind and Visually Impaired Social Event in Winter Haven, FL

On behalf of the board of Access Quest, I am proud to announce that we will be hosting the July, 2014 Blind and Visually Impaired social event in Winter Haven FL, only 50 minutes away from Disney World. This unbelievable package that is being offered is the most inexpensive week of vacation I’ve ever experienced. Everyone blind, sighted or just cool and family is welcome! This will be a fantastic uplifting event and a wonderful opportunity for you and your friends and family to party, play or just relax.

Activities include, bowling, horseback riding, archery, water skiing, canoeing,  lots of indoor hotel entertainment, with an outdoor pool, just to name a few. Plenty of stores in the area for shopping as well and many other exciting things planned to keep you busy.

This special week will start Monday, July 21 to Monday, July 28th or from any part of that week you wish to attend. Please spread the word!  Let’s make this the biggest and best one yet!!

Accommodations & Event Details – .doc

Event Registration Form  – .doc

Access Quest – Free iPhone Training program for blind, visually impaired and print challenged users 

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POV Films – Including Sound of Vision – Received 9 Emmy Nominations

POV received 9 nominations for the 34th Annual News & Documentary Emmy Awards, including a nomination for Sound of Vision (featuring Frank Senior) in the New Approaches: Arts, Lifestyle, Culture category.

Click here to read more about all the POV Emmy nominees.

Sound of Vision, a multi-award-winning documentary at the 7th Annual International Documentary Challenge, features Frank Senior and is available on PBS.org for screening!

Check it out at www.pbs.org/pov/soundofvision/

Or watch the video below:

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Just Be Frank Featured at United Nations Disability Conference in NYC

Just Be Frank, a documentary about me, directed by Elise Bialylew, has been selected to be presented as part of the United Nations Disability Conference on July 18, 2013. Frank Senior will be a featured guest speaker at the event. Read more below.

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The Other Film Festival (Australia) presents an international screening program of short films about the lived experience of disability. Screening introduced by festival director, Rick Randall.

When: 6:15pm to 7:45pm, Thursday, July 18, 2013

Where: Main Conference Room (Room 4)
United Nations Headquarters, NYC
Entrance is located at 46th Street and 1st Avenue

Access: Films are Open Captioned/Subtitled and Audio Described in English.
Discussion will be ASL and ISL interpreted, and live captioned (CART).

Booking: RSVP by Thursday 11 July essential!
You must email your full name to rrandall@artsaccess.com.au
You must bring photo ID to gain entry to the United Nations building.

THIS IS A FREE EVENT

ABOUT THE SCREENING

For the first time at the United Nations, The Other Film Festival will screen a selection of powerful short films about disability from around the world at the Sixth Session of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

The films selected reflect the lives and diverse experiences of people with disabilities. The best thing about these films is that they are intelligent, well-crafted, compelling storytelling.

People with a disability aspire to participate in screen culture as both storytellers, actors, filmmakers and audience members. However, they rarely see the experience of disability represented in a compelling and authentic manner on our screens. The vision of The Other Film Festival is to ensure that all people with a disability are offered equal opportunities to participate fully in the cultural life of the community. Participation is empowerment.

DEAF MUGGER (UK, Dir: William Mager)
A Deaf mugger takes his sign interpreter along so his victims understand they are being mugged.

10:4 (UK, Dir: Guy Natanel)
Exploring one man’s blindness through the textures, colours and sounds that surround him

AUSTISTIC DISSONANCE (Canada, Dir: Eric Bent)
A young animator’s often confusing experiences of growing up with autism.

BEAUTIFUL (Australia, Dir: Genevieve Clay-Smith)
Two people with intellectual disabilities navigate the challenges that surround them when their relationship is on public display.

SUNNY BOY (UK, Dir: Jane Gull)
Danny has a rare, photo-sensitive skin condition but he is willing to risk everything to be a regular teenager.

JUST BE FRANK (Australia, Dir: Elise Bialylew)
Blind jazz singer, Frank Senior adjusts from using a cane to training his new guide dog, Kew, on the streets of New York.

Other Film Festivals

Just Be Frank has also been screened in the following film festivals:

2010 Harlem International Film Festival
2011 Aspen Shortsfest
2011 Gold Coast International Film Festival
2011 Palm Springs International Shortfest
2012 Melbourne, Australia – The Other Film Festival

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Sound of Vision Part of PBS 2013 Online Film Festival

Sound of Vision, a multi-award-winning documentary featuring Frank Senior, has been announced as one of 25 films featured in the PBS 2013 Online Film Festival.

You will have the opportunity to vote for your favorite short film from March 4 through March 22; the film with the most votes will receive the People’s Choice Award. The winning film will be announced in early April. Visit the PBS 2013 Film Festival web page at www.pbs.org/filmfestival/home.

Check it a trailer for the film festival at video.pbs.org/video/2330359800 or watch the film festival trailer below:

Watch Sound of Vision on PBS. See more from POV.

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Sound of Vision Accepted Into 2013 Atlanta Film Festival

Sound of Vision, a multi-award-winning documentary featuring Frank Senior, has been accepted into the 2013 Atlanta Film Festival (March 15 – 24, 2013) and will be shown in with a feature film and narrative short film.

To learn about the Atlanta Film Festival, visit www.atlantafilmfestival.com/2013-fest

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Sound of Vision Now Streaming on PBS

Sound of Vision, a multi-award-winning documentary at the 7th Annual International Documentary Challenge, features Frank Senior and is now available on PBS.org for screening!

Check it out at www.pbs.org/pov/soundofvision/

Or watch the video below:

Watch Sound of Vision on PBS. See more from POV.

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Gil Parris, Frank Senior and Bernie Williams

Gil Parris, Frank Senior, Bernie WilliamsFrank Senior recently had the pleasure of meeting up with guitar great Gil Parris and guitar great AND former New York Yankees outfielder Bernie Williams. Check out the photo!

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March 6, 2012
Le Pescadeux

Le PescadeuxJoin Frank Senior for an evening of great jazz at Le Pescadeux on March 6, 2012 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Le Pescadeux
90 Thompson Street
(between Prince & Spring Street)
New York City, New York 10012
tel: 212.966.0021

Click here to make a reservation.

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February 26, 2012
Smalls Jazz Club

Smalls Jazz Club logoFrank is the featured guest vocalist, performing with the Jon Roche Trio, on Sunday, February 26, 2012 from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm at

Smalls Jazz Club
183 W. 10th Street
New York, NY

Frank Senior – Vocalist
Jon Roche
– Bass
Clifford Barbaro – Drums
Saul Rubin – Guitar

There is a $20 cover charge. Reservations are not accepted, so please arrive early.

Can’t attend in person? Check out Smalls live video feed of each evening’s set here.

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February 24, 2012
AZA

Frank Senior will perform with the Jacob Melchior Trio on Friday, February 24, 2012 at

AZA
1668 3rd Avenue (between 93rd and 94th streets)
New York, NY 10128

7:30 pm – 11:00 pm

No Cover. No minimum.

Call 212-426-1416 for information.

 

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February 19, 2012
SOMETHIN’ Jazz Club

Four talented musicians come together for an exciting Jazz performance you don’t want to miss!

The Ernie Edwards Trio
featuring
Frank Senior, Vocalist

Sunday, February 19, 2012 @ 7:00 PM

SOMETHIN’ Jazz Club
212 E. 52nd Street (between 2nd and 3rd Aves)
New York, NY

$20 Cover

Seating is limited
Call 212-371-7657 for reservations

Click here to learn more about The Ernie Edwards Trio.

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February 12, 2012
Smalls Jazz Club

Smalls Jazz Club logoFrank is the featured guest vocalist, performing with the Jon Roche Trio, on Sunday, February 12, 2012 from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm at

Smalls Jazz Club
183 W. 10th Street
New York, NY

Frank Senior – Vocalist
Jon Roche
– Bass
Clifford Barbaro – Drums
Saul Rubin – Guitar

There is a $20 cover charge. Reservations are not accepted, so please arrive early.

Can’t attend in person? Check out Smalls live video feed of each evening’s set here.

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February 3, 2012
Evening of Jazz: Stars of Today and Tomorrow

Evening of Jazz: Stars of Today and Tomorrow will be taking the Academy Theater by storm on Friday, February 3 at 7:00 pm.

This opening concert of Lighthouse International’s spring 2012 Catherine Kramer Concert Series features Brazilian drummer, percussionist, composer and educator Vanderlei Pereira, leading his Brazilian jazz group Blindfold Test. Joining Vanderlei for this special evening are Lighthouse artists — treasured singers Frank Senior and Lynnette Tatum plus 10-year old Matthew Whitaker.

Catherine Kramer was a longtime friend and volunteer of the Music School. This concert series is partially funded by the C.L.C. Kramer Foundation.

Academy Theater at Lighthouse International
111 E 59th Street
New York NY 10022-1202

Concerts are free, open to the public and held at the Lighthouse, unless indicated otherwise. For details and concert updates, call 212-821-9660.

Visit lighthouse.org for updates.

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January 29, 2012
Smalls Jazz Club

Smalls Jazz Club logoFrank is the featured guest vocalist, performing with the Jon Roche Trio, on Sunday, January 29, 2012 from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm at

Smalls Jazz Club
183 W. 10th Street
New York, NY

There is a $20 cover charge. Reservations are not accepted, so please arrive early.

Can’t attend in person? Check out Smalls live video feed of each evening’s set here.

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January 15, 2012
Smalls Jazz Club

Smalls Jazz Club logoFrank is the featured guest vocalist, performing with the Jon Roche Trio, on Sunday, January 15, 2012 from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm at

Smalls Jazz Club
183 W. 10th Street
New York, NY

There is a $20 cover charge. Reservations are not accepted, so please arrive early.

Can’t attend in person? Check out Smalls live video feed of each evening’s set here.

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January 3, 2012
Le Pescadeux

Le PescadeuxJoin me in bringing in the new year as I make my debut at Le Pescadeux on January 3, 2012 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Le Pescadeux
90 Thompson Street
(between Prince & Spring Street)
New York City, New York 10012
tel: 212.966.0021

Click here to make a reservation.

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Sound of Vision is a Winner at the 2012 International Documentary Challenge

90 teams from around the world participated in the 7th Annual International Documentary Challenge with 73 teams turning their films in on time. Each of the 12 short finalist films were made in just five days and premiered at the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival in Toronto on May 1.

Frank Senior is featured in the film Sound of Vision, made by Team 20Coop in New York. The film tells the story of one man’s journey to belong as he confronts the hurdles, and embraces the beauty, of the city he will never see.

On May 1, Sound of Vision was announced as the winner of the following awards:

BEST FILM
“Sound of Vision”
TEAM: 20Coop
New York, NY USA

POV AWARD
“Sound of Vision”
TEAM: 20Coop
New York, NY USA

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
“Sound of Vision”
TEAM: 20Coop
New York, NY USA

BEST USE OF GENRE EXPERIMENTAL
“Sound of Vision”
TEAM: 20Coop
New York, NY USA

Now the best part is audience participation. We need everyone to click this link (where you can also watch the film), sign in and vote for the video. You have to hurry. It’s our chance to win the last award. Thank you and maybe I’ll see you on the big screen!

Click here for an audio-described version of Sound of Vision.

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December 4, 2011
Smalls Jazz Club

Smalls Jazz Club logoFrank is the featured guest vocalist, performing with the Jon Roche Trio, on Sunday, December 4, 2011 from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm at

Smalls Jazz Club
183 W. 10th Street
New York, NY

There is a $20 cover charge. Reservations are not accepted, so please arrive early.

Can’t attend in person? Check out Smalls live video feed of each evening’s set here.

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November 27, 2011
Smalls Jazz Club

Smalls Jazz Club logoFrank is the featured guest vocalist, performing with the Jon Roche Trio, on Sunday, November 27, 2011 from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm at

Smalls Jazz Club
183 W. 10th Street
New York, NY

There is a $20 cover charge. Reservations are not accepted, so please arrive early.

Can’t attend in person? Check out Smalls live video feed of each evening’s set here.

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November 20, 2011
Smalls Jazz Club

Smalls Jazz Club logoFrank will be performing with the Jon Roche Trio on Sunday, November 20, 2011 from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm at

Smalls Jazz Club
183 W. 10th Street
New York, NY

There is a $20 cover charge. Reservations are not accepted, so please arrive early.

Can’t attend in person? Check out Smalls live video feed of each evening’s set here.

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October 28, 2011
Brownstone Jazz

BrownstoneJAZZ presents

A sepia toned photograph of Frank wearing a suit. Frank is not wearing glasses and is smiling.Frank Senior

October 28, 2011 – 8 p.m. to 12 a.m.

Sankofa Aban Bed and Breakfast
107 Macon Street (between Marcy and Nostrand Avenue)
Brooklyn, NY 11216

For reservations, call: 917-704-9237 

 

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October 26, 2011
Larry Young Jazz Club

Frank will perform with the Ernie Edwards Trio in recognition of “Blind Awareness Month” at

The Larry Young Jazz Club
50 Branford Place
Newark, NJ 07102

Wednesday, October 26 – 6 pm to 9 pm.

Click here for event and venue information.

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October 18, 2011
Waiting for Oz: A Celebration of Artists with Disabilities

Waiting for Oz: A Celebration of Artists with Disabilities logo

Monique Holt - black and white photo

Monique Holt

Gary Corbin - black and white photo

Gary Corbin

Frank will be a featured performer in Waiting For Oz: a Celebration of Artists with Disabilities, Tuesday, October 18, at 7 p.m. Also featured are Gary Corbin (actor and playwright celebrating 36 years as a cancer survivor), and Monique Holt (the evening’s hostess, a Gallaudet University adjunct professor and presidential fellow).

ALSO PERFORMING AT THIS EVENT

  • Danny Eason & the Don’t Give Up Choir, featuring Taro Masuda
  • Adisa Bankole (Drummer, Storyteller & Actor)

Excerpts from Disability Themed Films:

Just Be Frank (Featuring Frank Senior)
and
Jill Kuirsky’s Not Bad (For Someone Like You)

Tuesday, October 18, 2011 – 7 p.m.

The Ida K. Lang Recital Hall – Hunter College
695 Park Avenue @69th Street (Between Park & Lexington)
Tickets – $25

For tickets, please visit www.globescopeae.com

For additional information:
Call: 212-726-2439 or
Email: click here to email Globescope Entertainment

Waiting For Oz: a Celebration of Artists with Disabilities is made possible in part with public funds from the Manhattan Community Arts Fund, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and administered by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.

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October 11, 2011
Disability Awareness Month Celebration

Frank has been invited to perform at a Disability Awareness Month Celebration hosted by New York City Comptroller John C. Liu on Tuesday, October 11, 2011, 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm.

The event will be held at Lighthouse International, 111 E. 59th Street, New York, New York, 10022.

Guests are asked to RSVP to the Comptroller’s Office of Special Events, 212-669-4466 / TTY: 212-669-3450 / click here to email the Comptroller’s Office of Special Events.

To arrange special accommodations, please call 212-669-4315.

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September 17, 2011
Evening in Blue

Featuring the colors of Stevie Wonder, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Etta James & others.

September 17, 2011 – 7 pm

Vanderveer Park United Methodist Church
3114 Glenwood Road (on the corner of East 31st Street)
Brooklyn, NY 11210

Tickets – $30.00 advance ticket sales only.

Contact the church office at 718-434-3741.

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August 30, 2011
Miles’ Cafe

Jacob MelchiorMiles' Cafe LogoFrank will be performing with the Jacob Melchior Trio (Tadataka Unno – piano, Hassan JJ Shakur – bass, Jacob Melchior – drums) on Tuesday, August 30, 2011 from 7 pm to 8:30 pm at

Miles’ Cafe
212 East 52nd Street, 3rd Floor
(between 2nd and 3rd Avenues)
212-371-7657

There is a $10.00 cover charge & $10.00 minimum order.

Click here to make a reservation.

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June 21-27, 2011
Palm Springs International Shortfest

Elise Bialylew’s documentary Just Be Frank will be part of the Palm Springs International Film Society Shortfest, June 21-27, 2011.

Click here to visit the Palm Springs International Film Society website.

Click here to read a New York Times article about the Palm Springs International Shortfest.

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June 8, 2011
Zeb’s Place Concert

This year, May 9th, marks the 25 year anniversary of my father’s sudden death in the entrance of the Universal Jazz Center, at the start of my first live concert. Unfortunately, no matter how hard I’ve tried to overcome the fear of singing in a crowded room with a free voice, and with an open heart, or to put closure to that unreal night, it’s been a struggle until now! 25 years, your song, your energy and friendship, the love you shower me with has played a huge role in my healing process. And let’s not forget, a proud grandfather to be! grin

Well now it’s my turn to share! On June 8th I have finally surrendered to Saul and Jenny’s request to perform at Zeb’s place, that night. If you come out and party with me, I’ve been working hard, I promise you a beautiful night of music.

I know I know, some wise guy is probably saying, “don’t worry, you don’t have to fear the performing in a crowded room thing”. hahaha! Not funny. Let’s prove his ass wrong. Come on out and help me celebrate this special occasion!!

Zeb’s Place (aka Zebulon Sound and Light)
223 W. 28th Street, 2nd Floor
New York, NY  10001

 

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June 1-5, 2011
Gold Coast International Film Festival

Elise Bialylew’s documentary Just Be Frank will be part of the Gold Coast International Film Festival, June 1-5, 2011.

Click here to see the list of films and events being presented in this year’s Gold Coast International Film Festival.

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April 18, 2011
Blue Note Jazz Benefit for Japan

Frank Senior sings at the Blue Note Jazz for Japan Benefit at Highline Ballroom - April 18, 2011The Blue Note Jazz Benefit for Japan, set for Monday, April 18, 2011 at 7 p.m., is a solid lineup of world-recognized bop impresarios, including vocalist Madeleine Peyroux, saxophonist Joe Lovano, clarinetist Don Byron and more. Tickets are $45 in advance and $55 at the door, and all admission proceeds will be donated to the Direct Relief’s Japan Relief & Recovery Fund.

The Blue Note jazz club in New York has strong roots in the Japanese jazz community, with sister rooms in Tokyo and Nagoya. Blue Note New York president Steven Bensusan said in a statement,

“The events unfolding in Japan are tragic, and we want to do everything we can to help,” Bensusan said. “We hope that rallying the jazz community in New York for the Benefit Concert will help raise awareness and funds that will go towards rebuilding Japan.”

Lineup for the Blue Note Jazz Benefit for Japan:
Madeleine Peyroux, Joe Lovano, Karrin Allyson, Don Byron, Frank Senior, Sonny Fortune, Antonio Hart, Eldar, Eddie Gomez, Janis Siegel, Allan Harris, Bob Mover, Harry Allen, Tony Middleton, Ben Allison, Lauren Kinhan, Steve Williams, Clifton Anderson, David Kikoski, Sarah Hayes, Bob Albanese, Randy Napoleon, Danny Walsh

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April 15, 2011
Lighthouse International Annual Concert

Frank sings at the 2010 Lighthouse International Concert at the MetFrank will be performing “April in Paris” at the annual Lighthouse International Concert, presented at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on April 15, 2011 at 7 p.m.

Click here for the Lighthouse International website.

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April 5-10, 2011
Aspen Shortsfest

Just Be Frank was screened as part of the Aspen Shortsfest, April 5-10, 2011.

Click here to learn more about the Aspen Shortsfest.

Click here to read an article about the festival from the Denver Post online, or click here to open the article in PDF format.

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September 23, 2010
Harlem International Film Festival

Elise Bialylew’s documentary Just Be Frank was screened as part of the Harlem International Film Festival on September 23, 2010 at the Maysles Institute, 343 Malcolm X Boulevard/Lenox Avenue, New York, NY 10030.

Click here for the Harlem International Film Festival website.

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