Anthology Film Archives


APRIL 2, 2012 8:00 PM
The Anthology Film Archives
32 Second Avenue New York, NY 10003
(212) 505-5181.

New York, NY – BLACK FEBRUARY, a film about an unprecedented series of concerts performed by legendary jazz composer and conductor Lawrence D. “Butch” Morris, will have its New York City premiere at the Anthology Film Archives on April 2, 2012.

BLACK FEBRUARY, the first documentary feature by director Vipal Monga, chronicles a series of 44 performances in 28 days with 85 musicians, performed by Mr. Morris in 2005 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Conduction®, his revolutionary technique for live music-making.

More than a simple portrait of those 28 days, or a biography of an enigmatic and complex legend of the avant-garde, BLACK FEBRUARY is a film about the creative process and the scope of a musical theory that is redefining what it means to make music.

Along with footage from these remarkable concerts that span a full range of musical styles from big band jazz to funk, the documentary features interviews with some of the leading lights of the New York creative-music community, including Henry Threadgill, JD Allen, Brandon Ross, Graham Haynes,  Howard Mandel and Greg Tate.

The April 2 screening represents a homecoming for the film, which has already screened across the U.S. and internationally. Tickets will be available at the Anthology Film Archives box office beginning at 5:30 pm on April 2. No advance tickets will be available. Tickets are $9 for the general public. The screening will be held at the Maya Deren Theater. Seating is limited, so please arrive early.

The screening is part of the New Filmmakers Series, which has been showing provocative and innovative work by upcoming filmmakers since 1998.

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