Be Known


2012 annual event

Be Known

Be Known is a feature documentary that explores the life and career of one of modern jazz/s best kept secrets: Kahil El’Zabar. The film is filled with darkly comic overtones and highlights, among other things, El’Zabar’s complicated personal life, and his path from celebrity in Paris to relative obscurity in Chicago and everywhere in between.

Be Known film by Dwayne Johnson-Cochran

The film takes you on a journey to see the other side of genius; the mysterious intersections of creativity and individuality in a world where brand-ing and sameness are the norm. It is in this world where El’Zabar Shines.

Be Known was written, directed and produced by Dwayne Johnson-Cochran.

Early Bird Saving

A limited quantity of Early Bird tickets are available for $15.00 until May 1, 2022.

Two Virtual Days

Tickets for the entire event are $17.00 and now available to purchase on-line.

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The Black Association of Documentary Filmmakers West is a project of Fulcrum Arts' Emerge fiscal sponsorship program.



This activity is supported in part by the California Arts Council, a state agency.


Donations to The Black Association of Documentary Filmmakers West are tax deductible to the full extent of the law under Federal ID 95-2540759.