Sonny Rollins Beyond the Notes Directed
Dick Fontaine UK / 2012 / 78 minutes East Coast Premiere
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Q&A Attendees *subject to change: Sonny Rollins (Wed only), Dick Fontaine
SYNOPSIS: The Wednesday Night screening will be preceded at 7pm by a cocktail reception and followed by a Q&A with Sonny Rollins. There will also be a musical performance by the JD Allen Trio in a tribute to Sonny Rollins.
More than forty years ago Dick Fontaine made a film with the brilliant and influential jazz saxophonist Sonny Rollins, who suddenly rejected fame and 'the jazz life' to play alone high above the traffic on the Williamsburg Bridge in New York. Back then the film followed him on his lonely journey to find out why? What was he searching for? Now forty-three years later, in the context of his historic 80th birthday concert and with the help of other jazz legends, including Ornette Coleman, who Sonny invited to celebrate the history of his music with him. Beyond the Notes follows Rollins extraordinary journey, still refusing stereotype and compromise and still searching for answers to his music and his life.
Dick Fontaine is the managing and creative director at BeBop Productions. He has made over forty films for television and theatrical release. His work is characterized by a strong desire to push the boundaries of documentary form in particular. Fontaine's journalistic background and early experience with cinema verit้ are at the core of his vibrant story telling, His love for the crafts of jazz and filmmaking as well as his long-lasting friendship with jazz maestro Sonny Rollins, resulted in the 2012 production, Sonny Rollins Beyond the Notes, co-produced by BBC Arena and nominated for a Grierson Award.
In 2013 In-Edit Brazil held a retrospective of Dick's music films. In 2012 Cinema du Reel Paris held a retrospective of Dick's work. The Anthropology Film Archives in New York held one in 2011.
Since 1995 Dick Fontaine has run the Documentary Department at the postgraduate National Film and Television School in the UK.
Cast/Featuring: Sonny Rollins, Bob Cranshaw, Sammy Figueroa, Christian McBride, Roy Hargrove, Jim Hall, Roy Haynes and Ornette Coleman
Executive Producer(s): Dick Fontaine, Anthony Wall
Producer(s): Gugulethu oka Mseleku
Director(s): Dick Fontaine
Cinematographer(s): Learan Kahanov, Joan Churchill, Roger Chapman, Dick Fontaine
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