A double-bill of films by Shirley Clarke, part of the #DirectedbyWomen strand of Scalarama 2015.
Shirley Clarke’s 1961 film of Jack Gelber’s powerfully forthright play about a group of addicts waiting or their drug connection caused a furore when it was first released – brilliantly written dialogue evokes the beat generation in a whirling choreography of arresting visual movement and a tremendous score by pianist Freddie Redd.
ORNETTE COLEMAN: MADE IN AMERICA
Ornette Coleman: Made in America is a 1984 American documentary film directed and edited by Shirley Clarke that studies acclaimed saxophonist and free jazz innovator Ornette Coleman. The film does not chronicle the life of Coleman but rather emulates his freeform style by mixing together excerpts from performances, interviews, experimental music videos and reenactments of Coleman’s childhood. Included are interviews with and original footage of William S. Burroughs, Buckminster Fuller, Ed Blackwell,Robert Palmer, George Russell, John Rockwell, Don Cherry and Denardo Coleman.