American Symphony – Nov. 19th


On Sunday, November 19th, at 7pm at the Museum of the Rockies, the Bozeman Doc Series is excited to present the Montana premiere of the critically acclaimed new documentary American Symphony.

Early in 2022, multi-instrumentalist Jon Batiste finds himself the most celebrated artist of the year with eleven Grammy nominations including Album of the Year. In the midst of that triumph, Jon is immersed in his most ambitious challenge yet: composing “American Symphony”, an original symphony that thrillingly reimagines the classical traditions of the form, bringing together an expansive and inclusive diaspora of music for a performance at storied Carnegie Hall. This extraordinary trajectory is upended, however, when Batiste’s life partner – best-selling author Suleika Jaouad – learns that her long dormant cancer has returned. In the moving and deeply intimate AMERICAN SYMPHONY, Academy Award-nominated and Emmy Award-winning director Matthew Heineman (Cartel Land, The First Wave, Retrograde) delivers a portrait of two inimitable artists at a crossroad and a profound meditation on art, love, and the creative process.

“A celebration of art, resilience and the mutability of the human spirit…joyful and emotionally resonant.” The Hollywood Reporter

“Intimate…warm and lovely. Batiste has one of those rare Dolly Parton type of presences, where he seems to have been born to bring light into any room he enters…Jaouad is a pretty severely inspirational figure herself, if never less than a brutally honest one, so between them, the movie benefits from a surfeit of positive radiation.” Variety

“American Symphony” is about the creation of art in the face of pressure, tragedy and heartbreak, and about the tension between the glory of creation and the pain of living. It manages to capture the glory but it never ignores the price.” The Wrap

The screening will be held in the Hager Auditorium at the Museum of the Rockies. Doors open at 6:30pm. Tickets are available at the door or before the show online at, where you can also buy Season Passes and 7-film punch cards, learn more about the series, and view trailers for upcoming films. The series will continue every other week through April, 2024.