Milford Graves Full Mantis @ Roxie Theater, San Francisco [from 27 July to 2 August]

Milford Graves Full Mantis


30
27
Jul
 
- 2
Aug
21:00 - 20:31

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Roxie Theater
3117 16th St, San Francisco, California 94103
“One of the best jazz documentaries ever assembled… a singular viewing experience.” – The Wire.

In making a documentary portrait of a genius like percussionist Milford Graves, a giant of experimental free-jazz, filmmaker Jake Meginsky couldn’t very well go the usual stodgy talking heads route. Instead he matches interviews with Graves, a charismatic polymath and tireless worker residing in Queens and still bubbling over at seventy-six with disparate enthusiasms including Chinese medicine, martial arts, and biorhythm-based beats, to an appropriately idiosyncratic editing cadence which includes some truly astonishing archival footage. A rare music doc that lays down its own unpredictable beat.

Words and music by Milford Graves. Directed by Jake Meginsky. Co-directed by Neil Young. 2018. 91 min.
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