Shirley Clarke’s documentary finds free-jazz innovator Ornette Coleman returning to his hometown of Fort Worth in 1983 for the premiere of a new work. True to the nature of both its subject and its director, the film takes a highly original approach in chronicling the legendary musician’s story, from childhood in segregated Texas to his emergence as an American cultural pioneer. Performances and documentary footage from the 1960s and 1980s are woven together with dramatic scenes and a few wild video effects. William Burroughs, Brion Gysin, Buckminster Fuller, Don Cherry, Yoko Ono, and Charlie Haden are among the contributors to this kaleidoscopic portrait of a truly singular artist.

Community partner: Houston Cinema Arts Society


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Director
Shirley Clarke
Released
1985
Country
USA
Running Time
85 minutes
Website
http://www.projectshirley.com/ornette.html