Passing Through

Jazz on Film

Passing Through

Directed by Larry Clark
(USA, 1977, 16mm)

A rarely screened gem of African American independent cinema, Passing Through is the debut feature of filmmaker Larry Clark—a leading figure in the “L.A. Rebellion” movement and nephew of jazz pianist Sonny Clark. The film follows a jazz musician (Nathaniel Taylor) just released from prison who searches for his musical mentor and refuses to participate in the exploitative music industry. The soundtrack features songs by John Coltrane, Charlie Parker, and Sun Ra, among others.

Digital presentation courtesy of the UCLA Film & Television Archive

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The MFAH film department is supported by Tenaris; the Vaughn Foundation; The Consulate General of the Republic of Korea; Nina and Michael Zilkha; Consulate General of Italy in Houston; Italian Cultural Institute in Los Angeles; Consulate General of Brazil in Houston; Franci Neely; Carrin Patman and Jim Derrick; Ms. Laurence Unger; L’Alliance Française de Houston; and ILEX Foundation.

Passing Through

Directed by Larry Clark
(USA, 1977, 115 minutes)
Brown Auditorium Theater

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