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Farmington Hills Firm Wins Film Award

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The Farmington Hills-based American Music Research Foundation (AMRF) received a 2009 Gold Remi Award for Television or Cable Documentary for its “International Boogie Woogie” at Worldfest — aka the 42nd annual Houston International Film Festival.

The film, which premiered on Detroit public television station WTVS in June 2008, is the most recent of the AMRF’s four documentaries and features performances from the 7th annual Motor City Blues & Boogie Woogie Festival in 2005. It spotlights pianists Sylvan Zingg of Switzerland, Philippe LeJeune of France and a pair of Canadians — Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne, a native of California, and Michael Kaeshammer, who emigrated from Germany.

The AMRF has three more films slated to roll out this year: “Big Band Blues” and “Big Band Boogie Woogie,” starring the Paul Keller Orchestra with pianists Charles Boles, Mr. B., Bob Seeley and Axel Zwingenberger, plus saxophonist Red Holloway, clarinetist Dave Bennett and guitarist George Bedard; and “4 Shades of Blues,” with features Ruthie Foster, Ana Popovic, Tommy Castro and Koko Taylor.

AMRF has not yet announced a date for its 2009 Blues & Boogie Woogie Festival, which usually takes place in October.

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