ORNETTE: MADE IN AMERICA 1985, USA, 85 minutes, 35mm, Milestone Films Directed by Shirley Clarke Featuring Ornette Coleman, Demon Marshall , Eugene Tatum, William S. Burroughs, Don Cherry, Denardo Coleman, Jayne Cortez, Brion Gysin, Charlie Haden
Fri, Dec 7: 7:30pm, 9:40pm Sat, Dec 8: 5:20pm, 7:30pm, 9:40pm Sun, Dec 9: 5:20pm, 7:30pm, 9:40pm Mon, Dec 10: 7:30 pm Tue, Dec 11: 7:30 pm Wed, Dec 12: 7:30 pm Thu, Dec 13: 7:30 pm
"A really great and innovative film!" David Ehrenstein
"A cinematic spree that unfolds the saga of Coleman's career while visually evoking the boundless 'free jazz' flights of his unpredictable music." David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
"How can I turn emotion into knowledge? That's what I try to do with my horn." Ornette Coleman, 2009
Ornette: Made In America captures Ornette's evolution over three decades. Returning home to Fort Worth, Texas in 1983 as a famed performer and composer, documentary footage, dramatic scenes, and some of the first music video-style segments ever made, chronicle his boyhood in segregated Texas and his subsequent emergence as an American cultural pioneer and world-class icon. Among those who contribute to the film include William Burroughs, Brion Gysin, Buckminster Fuller, Don Cherry, Yoko Ono, Charlie Haden, Robert Palmer, Jayne Cortez and John Rockwell.
Ornette: Made in America is essential for anyone hoping to understand the history of jazz and the fertile creative exchange that highlighted the 60's and 70's in America. It is a portrayal of the inner life of an artist-innovator.
The innovative techniques that director Shirley Clarke and producer Kathelin Hoffman employed in this film very closely parallel the music of the man who is its subject. Clarke defied traditional documentary formats to reveal Ornette's extraordinary vision through her equally extraordinary filmmaking artistry.
Critically acclaimed when it released in 1985, the film is even more significant today, as Coleman's influence has increased, while Clarke and Hoffman's interpretation of his life and times remain as fresh and exciting as ever.
The film focuses on the struggles and triumphs of Ornette Coleman's life as well as on the inspired intelligence that spawned his creativity and ensured his success. Clarke's footage includes Ornette in conversation with family and friends; excerpts of interviews, riffs and travels, along with footage of his performancesin his hometown of Fort Worth, TX, in New York, in Morocco and beyondpresents the most comprehensive record of his career available.
Ornette: Made in America explores the rhythms, images and myths of America seen through they eyes of an artist's ever-expanding imagination and experience.
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