This month-long film series showcases performances by great jazz artists and illuminates the long relationship of jazz and cinema. Organized for the MFAH by curator Peter Lucas, Jazz on Film brings a wide-ranging selection of classic and rare films that feature the great American music form as soundtrack, subject, or both. With fantastic narrative feature films, documentaries, and historic shorts—all on 35mm and 16mm film—the series is a treat for music lovers and film buffs alike. Film descriptions courtesy of Peter Lucas.
Peter Lucas is an independent film/video curator and arts organizer based in Houston. He has created exhibitions, film screening series, and public programs in association with the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, The Menil Collection, Aurora Picture Show, Northwest Film Forum, Seattle International Film Festival, Experience Music Project, Earshot Jazz Festival, Sound Unseen, and Alamo Drafthouse Cinema. Lucas was named “Best Curator, 2012” by Houston Press, and was recently profiled in their “100 Creatives” series. He has been a guest speaker at Rice University, University of Houston, and Cornish College of the Arts, and is also a regular contributor to Glasstire online arts journal.