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Mon, Jul 25 at 6:00pm, 8:00pm


  • Dir. Shirley Clarke
  • USA
  • 1985
  • 85 min.
  • NR
  • 35mm
  • Assistive Listening
  • Hearing Loop

Part of Music City Mondays.

Gorgeously restored, seminal independent filmmaker Shirley Clarke’s (THE CONNECTION) ORNETTE captures legendary performances by jazz iconoclast Ornette Coleman, filmed everywhere from Fort Worth to Morocco. Enriched by interviews with family, friends and fans (including William Burroughs and Buckminster Fuller) and a vivid recreation of his childhood, this is a kaleidoscopic portrait of a truly singular artist.

“Though ORNETTE: MADE IN AMERICA is hardly a straight-up biographical doc — its looping structure and three-legged-dog rhythms make it more like an Ornette composition than a conventional movie — it’s the place to go to unlock some of the most precious secrets of Ornette.” —Stephanie Zacharek, Village Voice

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