Meeting the Man: James Baldwin in Paris / Ornette: Made in America

Free screening for all Annual Members + 1. General admission tickets will be available for $10 right before show time, based on availability.

NR, 116 minutes


This Member Screening will include two films – MEETING THE MAN: JAMES BALDWIN IN PARIS and ORNETTE: MADE IN AMERICA.

MEETING THE MAN: JAMES BALDWIN IN PARIS is an extremely rare film document photographed by Jack Hazan (Rude Boy, A Bigger Splash) in several symbolic locations, including the Place de la Bastille. As Hazan recounts: “Things don’t go to plan for him and the film crew when a couple of young black Vietnam draft dodgers impose themselves on the American. Baldwin wrestles with being a role model to the black youths, denouncing Western colonialism and crimes against African Americans while at the same time demonstrating his mastery and understanding of the culture he supposedly despises.” (1971, Terence Dixon, UK/France, English, 31 mins, NR)

Shirley Clarke’s acclaimed film focuses on the struggles and triumphs of avant-garde jazz legend Ornette Coleman, as well as on the inspired intelligence that spawned his creativity and ensured his success. 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 include William Burroughs, Brion Gysin, Buckminster Fuller, Don Cherry, Yoko Ono, Charlie Haden, Robert Palmer, Jayne Cortez and John Rockwell.

Clarke’s footage includes Ornette 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 — and presents the most comprehensive record of his career available. ORNETTE: MADE IN AMERICA explores the rhythms, images and myths of America seen through the eyes of an artist’s ever-expanding imagination and experience. (1985, Shirley Clarke, USA, English, 85 min, NR)

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