Earshot Jazz – Ornette: Made in America [Virtual & ONE-DAY In-Person]
Wed Oct 13 – Sun Nov 7 [Online]
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$13 General Admission
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Ornette: Made in America captures Ornette Coleman’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: 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 ’60s and ’70s 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 run parallel with the music of the man who is its subject. Clarke defied traditional documentary formats to reveal Coleman’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 Coleman’s life as well as on the inspired intelligence that spawned his creativity and ensured his success. Clarke’s footage includes Coleman 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—adding up to the most comprehensive single record of his career available.
Ornette: Made in America explores the rhythms, images and myths of America as seen through the eyes of an artist’s ever-expanding imagination and experience.
(Shirley Clarke, US, 1985, 77 min, in English)
Description courtesy of Milestone Films.