This special screening features two rarely seen gems of independent cinema from 1959.
Pull My Daisy
Directed by Robert Frank and Alfred Leslie
(USA, 1959, 28 minutes)
The Cry of Jazz
Directed by Edward Bland
(USA, 1959, 34 minutes)
• Shot in a cluttered loft on New York’s Lower East Side, Beat culture classic Pull My Daisy was directed by photographer Robert Frank and painter Alfred Leslie, written and narrated by Jack Kerouac, and features music by David Amram.
• The Cry of Jazz was made in Chicago by musician Edward Bland. It connects jazz concepts to the African American experience as a whole by weaving together scripted interracial conversations, documentary scenes of Chicago’s black neighborhoods, and performances by jazz luminary Sun Ra with John Gilmore and Julian Priester.