The Gene Siskel Film Center presents programming in the spirit of the Black Harvest Film Festival all year long!
New Breed Film Showcase: A Creative Cypher Collaboration
2018, Various directors, USA, ca. 51 min.
- Wed, Nov 20th 8:15pm
The New Breed Film Showcase is focused on highlighting emerging millennial creators and providing an environment of pure creative energy. This quarterly collaboration between Creative Cypher and the Gene Siskel Film Center consists of six films, preceded by a DJ mixer and followed by a Q&A. (Troy Pryor)
7:15 - DJ Mixer with food
8:15 - Screening:
THE SUM OF HER PARTS (Briana Clearly, 5 min.)
THE ORCHESTRA (Curtis Matzke, 6 min.)
'TIL DEATH (Asha Flowers, 7 min.)
35 YEARS TIL NOW (David Saunders, 13 min.)
BROTHERS FROM THE SUBURBS: EPISODE 2 (Patrick Wimp, USA, 10 min.)
BROTHERS FROM THE SUBURBS: EPISODE 3 (Patrick Wimp, USA, 10 min.)
9:15 - Q&A with filmmakers Briana Clearly, Curtis Matzke, Charles Andrew Gardner, David Saunders, and Patrick Wimp, moderated by Mellisa Duprey
Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool
2019, Stanley Nelson, USA, 114 min.
"A tantalizing portrait: rich, probing, mournful, romantic, triumphant, tragic, exhilarating, and blisteringly honest."—Owen Gleiberman, Variety
"Humanises a musical genius and ends up giving us an engrossing, hilarious, informative look at the Miles Davis that music fans thought they knew."—Jake Watt, Switch
Jazz giant Miles Davis was one of the most colossal and complex figures of twentieth-century music, his personal demons and creative drive fueling a capacity for continual self-reinvention. No film could hope to encompass such a copious subject, but expert documentarian Stanley Nelson (THE BLACK PANTHERS) does a remarkable job of giving shape to Davis's prodigious life and career. His many musical evolutions are lucidly charted, from his bop beginnings through his game-changing excursions into lyrical cool, modal bop, fusion, and late-career pop. Passages from his autobiography, voiced by Carl Lumbly in Davis's distinctive rasp, take us through his battles with racism, substance abuse, and anger. Especially notable among the many interviews are revealing reminiscences from his great loves, French singer Juliette Greco and first wife Frances Taylor, both fated to become way stations in Davis's eternally restless journey. DCP digital. (MR)