Jazz on Film returns this June with three weekends of classic and rare narrative movies, documentaries, and animated shorts that feature the great American music form as soundtrack, subject, or both. Organized by curator Peter Lucas for the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, this year’s selection includes great jazz-scored films Elevator to the Gallows and A Man Called Adam, documentaries capturing the music and lives of a range of artists from Chet Baker to Sonny Rollins, a program of playful, jazz-infused animated films, and a special screening celebrating the centennial of mythic bandleader Sun Ra. Join us in celebrating jazz and its various relationships with cinema.
Independent curator Peter Lucas has created exhibitions, film series, and public programs in association with the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, The Menil Collection, Aurora Picture Show, Northwest Film Forum, Seattle International Film Festival, and Experience Music Project. Houston Press named him Best Curator in 2012 and 2013. Lucas is also an active artist, with an upcoming gallery show at Art League Houston and a film and installation project being created as part of Rice University's Space Arts Initiative.