Among the films is Louis Malle’s 1958 Elevator to the Gallows, which features an improvised score by Miles Davis. There’s also Let’s Get Lost, the bittersweet portrait of Chet Baker and the ravages of his drug addiction, and Space Is the Place a sci-fi musical about the real-life “intergalactic” jazzman Sun Ra. But Lucas’s favorite entry is 1966’s A Man Called Adam, in which Sammy Davis Jr. appears as a troubled trumpet player (ghosted on soundtrack by Nat Adderley) in a plot that involves music, civil rights and racism. “I believe,” Lucas says, “that the archival film print we’ll be showing may be the only one in existence!”
Screenings times and dates vary. June 7 to June 21. For a full schedule, call 713-639-7515 or visit mfah.org. $10.
Sat., June 7, 7 p.m., 2014