Detroit Film Theatre


DFT 101: ORNETTE: MADE IN AMERICA

Saturday, February 23, 2013

 Detroit Film Theatre


(USA/1984—directed by Shirley Clarke)

Ornette: Made In America captures the great jazz musician Ornette Coleman's evolution over three decades. Returning home to 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 include William Burroughs, Brion Gysin, Buckminster Fuller, Don Cherry, Yoko Ono, Palmer, Jayne Cortez and John Rockwell. Critically acclaimed when it released in 1985, the restored 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. Their innovative cinematic techniques closely parallel the music of the man who is its subject; defying traditional documentary formats, Clarke reveals Ornette’s extraordinary vision through her equally extraordinary filmmaking artistry. A very special presentation. (77 min.)

“A cinematic spree that unfolds the sage of Coleman’s career evoking the boundless ‘free jazz’ flights of his unpredictable music.” –David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor

“Kaleidoscopic and tantalizing, with a cadence and visual style proudly in tune with the music.” –Nate Chinen, The New York Times

“The soundtrack on this newly restored version is brilliant. The movie is thrilling from beginning to end.” –Amy Taubin, Artforum

Saturday, February 23 at 4:00 PM
 
Admission to this show is free to DIA members.
 
Special funding provided by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.