Reviews and Festivals
"As a document of a major figure in the history of American television and intersections between that medium and music, its value is clear. Visually, the documentary adeptly weaves together recent footage with older archival film, video, and still images. Of course, students of the trumpet may find this documentary attractive, but its strongest academic appeal likely applies to those exploring American television history and its key performers."
— Educational Media Reviews Online
"Explores his work as a musician, on 'The Tonight Show' and off, and dives deeply into his personal life, his marriages and his family's history with alcoholism. If the movie uncovers much that viewers didn't know about him, Severinsen said, 'I found out how much I didn't know, too.'"
— The New York Times
"Toe-tapping documentary by Kevin S. Bright and Jeff Consiglio. Never Too Late traces Severinsen's journey from small town Oregon to New York and The Tonight Show, including the move with Carson to the West Coast. But it's more than a show business documentary. Severinsen opens up about alcoholism in his early life, his relationship with his children and powerhouse workout routine that keeps him fit and thinking young."
— San Francisco Chronicle
"Revealing documentary...intimate, surprising film...[Bright and Consiglio's] cameras reveal a man always in motion, forever striving to hit that impossible high note and never sitting still. Never Too Late: The Doc Severinsen Story combines interviews with Doc's inner circle, terrific music and elated trumpet playing, and hilarious, iconic Tonight Show moments for an inspirational, honest, and illuminating portrait."
— Mill Valley Film Festival
"Never Too Late: The Doc Severinsen Story celebrates a man whose passion for music remains evergreen and considers the demands of a life devoted to performance."
— Full Frame Documentary Film Festival
"The film is a loving and fun tribute to this great performer, one of the greatest trumpeters to ever pick up the horn, who's dedication to his craft is unmatched and who's stamina is relentlessly impressive."
— Milwaukee Magazine
"Never Too Late is a meticulously produced and emotion-grabbing documentary portrait of the musical career and life of trumpeter Doc Severinsen...The film, brilliantly produced and edited, is shot with heavy emphasis on extreme close-ups, and with the pacing of a swinging jazz chart...the Severinsen legacy resonates through his kindness, warmth, inspiration, and dedication to musicians young and not-so. It also does through this superb film."
— All About Jazz
"This documentary is an overdue look at the life and musicianship of the former Tonight Show bandleader and Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra pops-meister, putting his ceaseless energy and gaudy sport coats on full display."
— Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"Good music with an even better story, Never Too Late trumpets the story of brass master Doc Severinsen, most famous across the globe as the bandleader for The Tonight Show and the great Johnny Carson...And even now at 93 years old, Severinsen still continues his musical journey in this vivid, brass-kicking documentary worth tooting your horn about."
— On Milwaukee
"The perfect documentary to discover"
— Channel Nonfiction
"What one can also see in this film is the amount of pleasure [Doc] got from what he did and the passion with which he did it...they tell his story fluidly and entertainingly...watch this documentary on the life of a gifted musician"
— The Arts Fuse
Anchorage International Film Festival, Jury Award, Best Documentary Feature
Full Frame Documentary Film Festival
Cleveland International Film Festival
Dallas International Film Festival
Guanajuato International Film Festival
Nashville Film Festival
Tallgrass Film Festival
Woods Hole Film Festival
Virginia Film Festival
Portland Film Festival
Milwaukee Film Festival
Bend Film Festival
Mill Valley Film Festival
Sound Unseen Film + Music Festival
Boca Grande Film Festival
Anchorage International Film Festival