Today, we like to propose to you another interesting musical and documentary movie about Ornette Coleman. “Ornette: Made In America” is a documentary about Ornette Coleman and his evolution over three decades.
This movie is essential for anyone hoping to understand the history of jazz and the fertile creative exchange that highlighted in the ’60s and ’70s in America. It is a portrayal of the inner life of an artist-innovator.
The movie shows the returning of Ornette 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. Also, there are some chronicles of his boyhood in segregated Texas and his subsequent emergence as an American cultural pioneer and world-class icon. Among those who contribute to the film include Yoko Ono, Robert Palmer, and many others.
The movie was directed and edited by Shirley Clarke (her last film), and produced by Kathelin Hoffman (now Gray). Critically acclaimed when it released in 1985, the film is even more significant today. As Coleman’s influence has increased, while Clarke and Hoffman’s interpretation of his life and times remain as fresh and exciting as ever.
The film focuses on the struggles and triumphs of Ornette Coleman’s life. As well as on the inspired intelligence that spawned his creativity and ensured his success. Clarke’s footage includes Ornette in conversation with family and friends; excerpts of interviews, riffs, and travels, along with footage of his performances—in his hometown of Fort Worth, in New York, in Morocco and beyond—presents the most comprehensive record of his career available.
Ornette: Made in America explores the rhythms, images, and myths of America seen through the eyes of an artist’s ever-expanding imagination and experience.