Arts and Culture

Jazz on Film
5:24 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Great Day in Harlem: Jean Bach's 1994 documentary

In August of 1958, 57 of the greatest jazz musicians of all-time gathered on the steps of a Harlem brownstone for a photograph.  The Academy Award-nominated 1994 documentary "A Great Day is Harlem" is a film about possibly the most famous photograph in jazz history.  It is also a love note to this art form. The musicians in the photo represented the full spectrum of jazz history from Dixieland to Big Band Swing, from Harlem Stride, to Modern Bebop. Sidemen, innovators, young lions, and old masters were all there.

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Arts and Culture
4:10 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Trials of Muhammad Ali: director Bill Siegel

The 2013 documentary "The Trials of Muhammad Ali" screened in Denver recently as part of the Community Cinema series, and it airs on "Independent Lens" on Rocky Mountain PBS (and other public TV stations) this Monday, April 14, 2014 at 9:00 p.m. (check local listing).  Director Bill Siegel talked about the film on "First Take with Lando and Chavis." 

  

The interview begins with a clip from the trailer.  The film covers Ali's conversion to the Nation of Islam, his opposition to the Vietnam War, and the price he paid for refusing his induction into the draft.

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Arts and Culture
2:06 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Don Grusin, friends: all-star jazz jam at Conf. on World Affairs

Lillian Boutte
Credit Conference on World Affairs

One of the annual offerings of the Conference on World Affairs is the jazz concert.  On Tuesday night, April 8, 2014, the players will crowd onto the stage at Macky Auditorium from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m.  Don Grusin, Colorado native, CU graduate and professor, and jazz pianist visited "First Take with Lando and Chavis" with details of the concert and other CWA events.

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Community Cinema
12:03 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Medora: Community Cinema from Rocky Mountain PBS

In Indiana, where life revolves around high school basketball, what happens to a community when their beloved team can no longer win a single game? Medora follows the down-but-not-out Medora Hornets varsity basketball team over the course of the 2011 season, capturing their stories both on and off the court. Riding a brutal losing streak when the film begins, the team’s struggle to compete bears eerie resemblance to the town’s fight for survival.

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Arts and Culture
1:30 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

XicanIndie Filmfest 16: Lourdes Colon, Esai Morales in Denver

The XicanIndie Filmfest XVI - Latino World Cinema begins this evening at Su Teatro Cultural and Performing Arts Center, 721 Santa Fe, Denver.  Festival director Daniel Salazar visited "First Take with Lando and Chavis" with clips and details of the  50 animations, documentaries, shorts and features showing at the 16th edition of the festival. "We're really experiencing a renaissance of filmmaking through Latin America, Mexico and the U.S.," said Salazar.

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