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Venue:
Lightbox Film Center3701 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA Map
https://lightboxfilmcenter.org
Price: $10 / Free to all 4-Day Pass holders of The October Revolution Buy Tickets
Sponsored by:
Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 7:00pm

Milford Graves Full Mantis

The October Revolution of Jazz & Contemporary Music

by Jake Maginsky & Neil Cloaca Young, US, 2018, 91 min.

"A captivating sound poem.” -The New York Times
"An elegant and patient portrait of [Milford] Graves.” -Artforum
"As much a visual poem as it is a documentary.” -Downbeat Magazine
"A sonic-visual ode to the ineffable magic of inspired and gracious living.” -Thurston Moore

Milford Graves Full Mantis is the first ever feature-length portrait of renowned percussionist Milford Graves, exploring his kaleidoscopic creativity and relentless curiosity.

 

Graves has performed internationally since 1964, both as a soloist and in ensembles with such legends as Albert Ayler, Giuseppi Logan, Sonny Sharrock, and as a member of the New York Art Quartet. He is a founding pioneer of avant-garde jazz, and he remains one of the most influential living figures in the evolution of the form.

 

The film draws the viewer through the artist’s lush garden and ornate home, into the martial arts dojo in his backyard and the laboratory in his basement - all of this just blocks from where he grew up in the housing projects of South Jamaica, Queens. Graves tells stories of discovery, struggle and survival, ruminates on the essence of 'swing,' activates electronic stethoscopes in his basement lab to process the sound of his heart, and travels to Japan where he performs at a school for children with autism, igniting the student body into an ecstatic display of spontaneous collective energy. Oscillating from present to past and weaving intimate glimpses of the artist’s complex cosmology with blistering performances from around the globe, Milford Graves Full Mantis is cinema full of fluidity, polyrhythm and intensity, embodying the essence of Graves’ music itself.

 

Co-presented by Scribe Video Center.