Jazz Film Fest 2017 @ Winnipeg Cinematheque, Winnipeg [from 14 to 25 June]

Jazz Film Fest 2017

14 - 25
19:00 - 17:00

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Winnipeg Cinematheque
Main Floor - 100 Arthur Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3B 1H3
From cinema screening of The Man Who Fell to Earth to mark the Jazz Fest’s David Bowie Tribute to the dynamic portrait of Mavis Staples, to a new documentary on the legendary John Coltrane, Cinematheque presents the hottest new contemporary jazz films! Sponsored by Jazz Winnipeg.

Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary

Wednesday, June 14 / 7 pm
Thursday, June 15 / 9 pm
Wednesday, June 21 / 7 pm
Thursday, June 22 / 9:15 pm

This smart, passionate, thought-provoking and uplifting documentary is the definitive film about the legendary jazz saxophonist who turned the jazz world upside down with his boundary-shattering music and worked with titans like Miles Davis. Featuring “hundreds of never-before-seen photos, home movies, animated paintings and other treasures—Coltrane’s musician friends, children, and biographers tell his story.

Mavis — The Documentary
Thursday, June 15 / 7 pm
Saturday, June 17 / 3 pm

Get ready for the June 21st appearance of Mavis Staples at the Jazz Festival by checking out this fantastic portrait of the Gospel/soul music legend and civil rights activist who began her career in the 1950s with the legendary band The Staple Singers. This terrific documentary explores her roots growing up on Chicago’s south side and features rare archival footage from TV performances and live concerts. At 75 she’s making the most vital music of her career.

King of Jazz
Friday & Saturday, June 16 & 17 / 7 pm
Sunday, June 18 / 3 pm

This stunning, newly restored 1930 feature starring Paul Whiteman and his orchestra (including Joe Venuti and Eddie Lang) largely consists of musical performances, featuring several songs sung on camera by the Rhythm Boys (Bing Crosby, Al Rinker and Harry Barris).

I Called Him Morgan
Friday & Saturday, June 16 & 17 / 9 pm
Sunday, June 18 / 7 pm

“Spellbinding, hallucinatory, exuberant, tragic.”—The Guardian

On a snowy night in February 1972, celebrated jazz bop trumpeter Lee Morgan was shot dead by his wife Helen during a gig at a club in New York City. The murder sent shockwaves through the jazz community, and the memory of the event still haunts those who knew the Morgans. This documentary by Swedish filmmaker Kasper Collin (My Name Is Albert Ayler) is a love letter to two unique personalities and the music that brought them together.

The Man Who Fell to Earth
Friday, June 23 / 9 pm
Saturday & Sunday, June 24 & 25 / 3 pm

“Beautiful, jagged, freakish, startling and displacing… tender and mournful.”—Tony Macklin

David Bowie leaped to screen stardom in his debut film, Nicolas Roeg’s adaptation of Walter Tevis’ 1963 sci-fi tale of betrayal and hopelessness. Roeg’s exquisite visual sense and inspired casting made this a modern classic of sci-fi with a core much more attuned to the human than the technological, replete with elements of Burroughs, classic film and mythology.
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