Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square

Never Too Late: The Doc Severinsen Story

Year: 2020
Country: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 85 minutes

Never Too Late: The Doc Severinsen Story
Never Too Late: The Doc Severinsen Story
Never Too Late: The Doc Severinsen Story
Never Too Late: The Doc Severinsen Story
Never Too Late: The Doc Severinsen Story

In NEVER TOO LATE: THE DOC SEVERINSEN STORY, legendary trumpet player and entertainer, Doc Severinsen, is still kicking at the age of 92. Bandleader on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson from 1967-1992, Severinsen defined the role for his future late night contemporaries. With his flashy outfits, charismatic stage presence, and exemplary musicianship, Severinsen became a household name and perfect foil to Johnny. After departing from The Tonight Show, Severinsen didn’t stop. In fact, “retirement” is not in his vocabulary. Continuously touring, teaching, and conducting, he has remained impressively active for decades. When Questlove, current Tonight Show bandleader, learned he would be playing alongside one of his heroes, he admittedly expected to meet a slow-moving senior. But Doc Severinsen is not your average nonagenarian. With a strenuous workout regimen and packed schedule, it’s clear that Severinsen lives his life for the trumpet— even if it hasn’t always meshed well with his private life. Following Severinsen’s rise to fame, multiple marriages, and life at 92, this heartwarming documentary is a worthy tribute to a man who has proven that age is just a number and it’s never too late to keep moving forward. — D.O.

CIFF44 Screenings

Saturday, March 28, 2020 at 6:20 PM

Sunday, March 29, 2020 at 12:10 PM

Monday, March 30, 2020 at 2:00 PM

Accessibility (?)
Closed Captions: No
Audio Description: No
English Subtitles: No

Music Movies Competition

Director Director

Kevin S. Bright, Jeff Consiglio

Ariana Garfinkel, Jeff Consiglio

Ryan Miyamoto, Alexandre Naufel

Brad Allgood

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