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Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool

New Release
Sep 6—Oct 3, 2019
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RUN TIME: 115min
MEMBERS: $8 (free for Level 4 and above)
+  9/18, 7pm: Post-screening Q&A with filmmaker Stanley Nelson, Jr., Professor Farah Griffin, moderated by Greg Tate
September 2019
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Friday September 06, 2019
Performances no longer available.
Part of Film 2019
Directed by Stanley Nelson Jr. | 2019

Horn player, bandleader, innovator. The very embodiment of cool. The central theme of Miles Davis’ life was his restless determination to break boundaries and live life on his own terms. Again and again, he broke with convention—and when he thought his work came to represent a new convention, he changed it again. Davis’ relentless drive and constant thirst for new experiences made him incredibly difficult to live with, but it made him an inspiring collaborator, a cultural icon, and an innovator—in everything from bebop to “cool jazz,” modern quintets, orchestral music, jazz fusion, rock ’n’ roll, and hip-hop.

Acclaimed filmmaker Stanley Nelson Jr. (Freedom Riders, The Murder of Emmett Till) tells this story of a truly singular talent. Featuring never-before-seen archival footage, studio outtakes, and rare photos, Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool unpacks the man behind the horn.

9/18, 7pm: Post-screening Q&A with filmmaker Stanley Nelson, Jr., Professor Farah Griffin (Columbia University), moderated by Greg Tate

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