The Zen of Bennett is a seductive and soulful view into the mind of singer Tony Bennett as well as an intimate portrait of the artist's creative process as he turns 85 years old. In a first person narrative, Tony reflects back over his 60 year career while looking ahead within the context of his latest recording project. We experience inspirational insights as Tony discusses his philosophies of life, lessons learned, and his passion for art and music.
Artfully filmed by Academy Award-winning cinematographer Dion Beebe, the documentary employs a voyeuristic approach while exploring and illustrating the isolation experienced by the artist in the midst of the whirlwind of activity that surrounds Tony during the recording.
The film is a stylistic and compelling meditation of contradictions: memories & reality, crowded rooms & isolation, art & commerce, family & career, a golden age & a brave new world, the icon & the everyman.
The Zen of Bennett is the definitive study of the artistic process and how an artist can endure and still be at the top of his game for over 60 years, true to his art and social conscience, while remaining relevant to a multitude of generations. The film will remain an indelible testament to the living legend that is Tony Bennett.