Jazz on Film: Ornette: Made in America

In 1983, legendary saxophonist Ornette Coleman returned to his hometown, Fort Worth, for a concert. Filmmaker Shirley Clarke was there to capture the free-jazz pioneer's performance. It became the nucleus of her documentary Ornette: Made in America, screening today as part of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston's Jazz on Film series. ''Ornette Coleman was a Texas hero, really a visionary artist. She's a great and often underrecognized American filmmaker,'' says series curator Peter Lucas, a winner of Houston Press Best of Houston® awards Best Curator award in 2012. ''His music and her film have a lot in common: They both have very creative approaches. Jazz and film kinda grew up side by side in the 20th century, and there are fascinating intersections between the two.''

Lucas was lucky enough to find a new 35mm print of the restored Ornette. ''These days we think everything is available to us on Netflix, and the truth is it isn't, so I was really excited in showing some films that people either haven't heard of or haven’t had the chance to see. I especially wanted to show the films in 35mm print.''

7 p.m. Saturday, 5 p.m. Sunday. 1001 Bissonnet. For information, call 713-639-7515 or visit mfah.org. $10.
Sat., June 29, 7 p.m.; Sun., June 30, 5 p.m., 2013

 
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