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ORNETTE: MADE IN AMERICA
Dir. Shirley Clarke, 1985
USA, 85 min
Pioneering experimental film maker Shirley Clarke (The Connection, Portrait of Jason) skillfully composes a unique and compelling documentary of American saxophonist Ornette Coleman who passed away in June. Widely considered one of the earliest pioneers of free jazz Coleman’s life and development as an artist is explored through Clarke’s complex non-linear structure, which sensitively evokes the character of this idiosyncratic and very human individual. Deftly inter cutting interviews and archival footage with dreamlike reverie the sounds and textures of Coleman’s life are unified through the singular narrative device employed by the film, a one off performance of Ornette Coleman’s ‘Skies of America’.
A film that took twenty years to complete transcends innovations in moving image culture, with pre-MTV music video style segments alongside 16mm footage of Coleman that Clarke began shooting in the 1960s.
Featuring friends, admires and collaborators: William Burroughs, Brion Gysin, Buckminster Fuller, Don Cherry, Yoko Ono, Charlie Haden, Robert Palmer, Jayne Cortez and John Rockwell.
The films of Shirley Clarke have been newly restored thanks to Milestone Films and Project Shirley.
All proceeds go to DIY Space for London
Many thanks to Scalarama