Without a Pass

Institute History

  • 1992 Sundance Film Festival


Expatriate jazz saxophonist Samuel “Blue” Berry left America and gave up his friendship with his best friend, trumpeter Buddy Warren, because of violent racial incidents that occured between the two during the 1965 Watts riots. Buddy’s death prompts Blue to return to the States for his first visit in twenty-five years in order to participate in a memorial concert for his late friend. While here he experiences a series of incidents which help him come to terms with the choices he has made.

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