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Milford Graves Full Mantis
Northwest Film Forum
Seattle, WA
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Milford Graves Full Mantis
Wed Aug 15: 7.30pm
Thu Aug 16: 7.30pm
Wed Aug 22: 8.00pm
Thu Aug 23: 8.00pm

Jake Meginsky
1h 31m
Series - Music in Motion
Milford Graves is quite possibly one of the most renowned jazz percussionists around, a pioneer of free jazz, which essentially liberates percussion from the time-keeping role. He approaches all aspects of his life with the same curiosity and creativity that he brings to his percussion. With interviews in his home and garden and archival footage of him grooving on his drum kit, Milford Graves Full Mantis offers a unique portrait of a man that is constantly searching for a different kind of sound.

In his debut feature documentary, Jake Meginsky approaches Graves cautiously, letting him do the talking. His tangents and anecdotes take us away from a linear narrative, providing a unique perspective on his thought process and approach to life. At one point he is sitting in his garden in Queens, NY, talking about vegetables. The next, hes hooked himself up to a recording device to break down the rhythms of his own heartbeat.

Accompanied with an incredible soundtrack that is performed solely by Graves, Full Mantis sticks with you like a great song.


Northwest Film Forum (View)
1515 12th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122
United States




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