T. Renner, "Improvisation for Ornette Coleman #4," 2009, oil on canvas, 18" x 24".
Originally posted on March 24, 2009.
Webster University Film Series presents Ornette: Made in America, Friday, October 26 through Sunday, October 28 at 7:30 p.m. in the Moore Auditorium.
Ornette: Made in America (Shirley Clarke, 1983, USA, 77 min.) This documentary captures the inner life of artist-innovator Ornette Coleman and his evolution over three decades.
Returning home to Fort Worth, Texas, in 1983 as a famed performer and composer, documentary footage, dramatic scenes and some of the first music video-style segments ever made, chronicle his boyhood in segregated Texas and his subsequent emergence as an American cultural pioneer and world-class icon.
Contributors include: William Burroughs, Brion Gysin, Buckminster Fuller, Don Cherry, Yoko Ono, Charlie Haden, Robert Palmer, Jayne Cortez and John Rockwell. Viewing Ornette: Made in America is essential for anyone who wants to understand the history of jazz and the fertile creative exchange that highlighted the 1960′s and 70′s in America.