Venues: AMC Empire (234 42nd Street, NY 10002) & Landmark Sunshine (143 E Houston Street, NY 10002)
Date: September 26, 2014
Ticket Phones: AMC Empire: 212-398-2597 & Landmark Sunshine: 212-260-7289
When filmgoers watch JIMI: All is By My Side, which opens on September 26 in 16 American cities, they will explore musical and narrative nuances rarely discussed in conversations about Jimi Hendrix’s career. The film, which stars André Benjamin (Outkast) and Imogen Poots (28 Weeks Later), was written by Oscar-winner and directed by John Ridley (12 Years a Slave). Ridley tapped Grammy-award-winning music producer Danny Bramson (Almost Famous, Lord of the Rings) as producer and music designer and the two of them fastidiously interpreted the soundscape of the era in a way that will tickle music buffs of the period.
“The film takes place in that lost or underserved year in Jimi’s life,” explains Bramson. “We were well aware of the Hendrix Estate’s long standing reluctance to allow any of Jimi’s original songs for an unauthorized Hendrix themed film. Thus, we never sought out Jimi’s hits that came once he departed Heathrow for the Monterey Pop Festival. The musically fertile environment of John Ridley’s story allowed me to interpret Jimi’s development from playing second lead guitar with Curtis Knight in New York then forming his first group and gigging afternoon performances at the Café Wha?, onto his arrival in London at the height of it’s musical enthrallment with the indigenous American Blues. With the Hendrix standard songs out of the equation, we chose a musical design as an interpretation of Jimi’s development as a guitarist principally, and the English musical and cultural zeitgeist that informed, inspired, and propelled him. The creative challenge was staggering, underscored with the incessant personal responsibility to get it right.”
Date: August 12 through August 15, 2014
Theater: Lincoln Plaza Cinemas (1886 Broadway, 212- 757-0359)
Mitra Farahani’s lyrical documentary explores the enigma of provocative artist Bahman Mohassess, the so-called “Persian Picasso,” whose acclaimed paintings and sculptures dominated pre-revolutionary Iran. Irreverent and uncompromising, a gay man in a hostile world, Mohassess had a conflicted relationship with his homeland—revered by elites in the art scene and praised as a national icon, only to be censored later by an oppressive regime. Known for his iconoclastic art as well as his scathing declarations, Mohasses abandoned the country over 30 years ago for a simple, secluded life in Italy.
Photo courtesy of On Ka’a Davis
Film Review by Matt Cole
Full disclosure: On Ka’a Davis is a friend of mine. Not only that, but I’ve had the privilege of playing with him on numerous occasions, mostly in the radical marching band Himalayas, and also in projects of his own. I’m also a fan of his work, both as a leader and as a sideman (notably with Nick Gianni’s Evolution). This is why I’m glad to be able to review a new documentary on his life, music, and context called Djuke with On Ka’a.
Opened in NYC at the IFC Center on June 25th
Opens in Los Angeles at the Laemmle Music Hall July 4th
The Pleasures of Being Out of Step: Notes on the Life of Nat Hentoff profiles legendary jazz writer, journalist, and civil libertarian Nat Hentoff, whose career has coincided with the greatest artistic, cultural, and political movements of the last 65 years. Any account of Nat’s career would not be complete without chronicling his determined efforts to promote and support freedom of expression. Narrated by actor Andre Braugher, Pleasures of Being Out of Step wraps the themes of liberty and identity around a historical narrative that stretches from the Great Depression to the Patriot Act.
Prolific and incendiary, Nat Hentoff is the author of twenty nonfiction books, nine novels, and two memoirs. His writing has been published in Down Beat, The Village Voice, The New Yorker, Jazz Times, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Playboy, Esquire, The Atlantic, The Progressive, and The New Republic.
Check out the brand new EPK video below which offers a “behind-the-scenes” look at vocalist/composer Kavita Shah‘s debut album VISIONS, including interviews with co-producer Lionel Loueke, saxophonist Steve Wilson, and band members Yacouba Sissoko (kora), Stephen Cellucci (tablas), and Guilhem Flouzat (drums).
Release date: May 27, 2014 (Inner Circle Music).
Now available for pre-sale on iTUNES & AMAZON: