Ornette: Made In America

Oct 29 - Oct 30, 2010

(Shirley Clark, USA, 1985, 35mm, 80 min)

25th Anniversary Screening
Presented by Northwest Film Forum and Earshot Jazz

Shirley Clarke was one of the key figures of the American independent film movement, with the films The Connection (1961) and The Cool World (1963) building her reputation. Both had strong jazz elements, and for her final film Clarke returned to the jazz scene, making this brilliant music documentary featuring the legendary Ornette Coleman, a toweringly innovative yet humble figure. 
The film serves almost as much as a portrait of Ft. Worth, Texas, Coleman’s birthplace, to which he returns to perform his Skies of America symphony to well-heeled society members, and with his electric Prime Time group at the Caravan of Dreams.
The film includes commentary from people as varied as William Burroughs, Jr., Buckminster Fuller, Robert Palmer and Coleman's son Denardo.

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