Butch will be teaching at this year’s Lisbon Jazz Summer School, between July 16 and 21. It’s a unique opportunity to spend a week with the maestro, learning his technique and exploring music in new ways. Details are at the CCB Lisbon Jazz site for those interested in attending. Deadline for applications is June 30.
We’re very excited to announce the Black February has just signed a distribution agreement with Collective Eye, an educational distribution company based in Portland, Oregon.
Black February will be coming to universities, colleges, arts and music programs near you soon! If you’d like to buy an educational license for the film, either with a physical DVD or a VOD copy, please visit this page.
We also have DVDs available for home use. Please click here to buy a copy.
New Filmmakers Interview
Here’s me talking about the film in a video produced by the New Filmmakers organizers.
Halifax Jazz Festival
More good news, fresh off our NYC premiere at the Anthology Film Archives (pictures coming soon): Black February will be screening at the Halifax Jazz Festival in July! Our Canadian premiere. We’ll have details about the screening schedule soon, but we’re already looking forward to it. Haligonians, see you there!
JazzTimes Critics Poll
BLACK FEBRUARY was chosen as one of the critics picks in the JazzTimes best of 2011 critics’ poll. Thanks to Bill Meredith for choosing us as one of his picks for best Film/Video/TV Series of the year.
Anthology Film Archives
THE NEW YORK CITY PREMIERE OF
A MUSIC DOCUMENTARY BY VIPAL MONGA
LAWRENCE D.“BUTCH” MORRIS
APRIL 2, 2012 8:00 PM
The Anthology Film Archives
32 Second Avenue New York, NY 10003
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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We’re very pleased to announce that Black February will be having its New York premiere at the Anthology Film Archives‘ Deren Theatre. The film will be showing on April 2 at 8 pm. It’s a very special hometown screening for the film, and we’d love to see you there!
Happy Birthday Butch
Today is Butch’s birthday. In his honor, here is some film from 1978 of him playing cornet. The clip begins about 1:00 minute in.
Butch Morris on the BBC
Here’s a link to a new video about Butch by the BBC. Butch is playing at Lucky Cheng in New York’s East Village with a fabulous new group:
BBC News: The music man with no written plan
Earshot Jazz Film Festival in Seattle
We’re very happy to announce that Black February will be screening at the Earshot Jazz Film Festival series at the Northwest Film Forum in Seattle. There will be two screenings on Wednesday, Nov. 2 at 7:00 pm and 8:30 pm. Tell your friends and relatives and go yourself if you live there!