Jazz Genius/Ornette: Made In America

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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. Filmmaker Shirley Clarke celebrates the genius musician/composer Ornette Coleman with insights from William Burroughs, Brion Gysin, Buckminster Fuller, Don Cherry, Yoko Ono, Charlie Haden, Robert Palmer, Jayne Cortez and John Rockwell. Suggested Donation: $7-10 no one turned away for lack of funds!!! https://www.facebook.com/events/1670601809861438/

ORNETTE: MADE IN AMERICA captures Ornette Coleman’s evolution over three decades. Ornette came 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.

Critically acclaimed when released in 1985, the film is even more significant today. Coleman’s influence has increased over the years, while Clarke and Hoffman Gray’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 performances—in his hometown of Fort Worth, TX, in New York, in Morocco and beyond—presents the most comprehensive record of his career available.

The film is a portrayal of the inner life of an artist-innovator. The innovative techniques that director Shirley Clarke and producer Kathelin Hoffman Gray 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.
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