Miami FF 2019 – Nominee: Knight Documentary Achievement Award
IndieLisboa Int'l Independent FF 2019 – Nominee: Indiemusic Schweppes Award
Cleveland Int'l FF 2019 – Music Movies Competition
For more than two decades, Stanley Nelson has been documenting key actors and moments in African-American history. With Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool, Nelson provides a broad but detailed account of the man who changed the shape of jazz and defined the very notion of cool. The film’s key focus is on how Davis, both in his music and his life, was fueled by a restless determination to break boundaries and live on his own terms. With rich access to archives and many of Davis’ personal and professional intimates, the film includes frequent voiceovers from its gravel-toned subject, as well as interviews with some of the leading musical talents of the 20th Century. The result is a compelling portrait of a genius whose work remains as relevant today as when it was first produced.
Erin Davis, son of late jazz icon Miles Davis, is a Los Angeles-based musician/producer/composer who heads Davis Artists Group and runs Miles Davis Properties, LLC along with his sister (Cheryl Davis) and his cousin (Vince Wilburn, Jr.). He has also toured and recorded with Miles Davis.
- Mon 10 / 6.15pm + Q&A (tbc)
- Fri 7 June / 8.45pm
- Sun 16 June / 8.30pm + Q&A (tbc)
- Wed 12 June / 6.45pm