Miles Davis: The Birth of the Cool

October 16, 2019 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Venue

Speed Museum Cinema
2035 S 3rd St
Louisville
KY 40208

Details

After the Thursday showings, stay for CINEMA+ a post-screening discussion with Michael A. Tracy, Professor of Music, Director of the Jamey Aebersold Jazz Studies Program, and Fulbright Senior Specialist, University of Louisville.

“With sharply edited interviews and stunning archival reach, [the film] fills in nuances of the man that feel fresh and new.”—Owen Gleiberman, Variety

 Miles Davis was a horn player, a band leader, and an innovator who throughout his life was elegant, intellectual, vain, callous, conflicted, and controversial.  His work was magnificent, mercurial, and genius—the very embodiment of cool. The man with a sound so beautiful, it could break your heart.

The central theme of Miles Davis’s career was his restless determination to break boundaries and live life on his own terms.  It made him a star. For the people who loved him most, it also made him incredibly difficult to live with. Consistently, in music and life, Davis broke with convention—and when his work came to represent a new convention, he changed it again.  Davis’s bold disregard for tradition, his clarity of vision, his relentless drive, and his constant thirst for new experiences made him an inspiring collaborator to fellow musicians and a cultural icon to generations of listeners. It made him an innovator of music—from bebop to “cool jazz,” modern quintets, orchestral symphonies, jazz fusion, rock ‘n’ roll, and even hip-hop.

Featuring never-before-seen archival footage, studio outtakes, and rare photos, Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool tells the story of a truly singular talent and unpacks the man behind the horn.  A selection of the Sundance Film Festival. 2019, U.S., DCP, 115 minutes.  Recommended for 13+.

 

NOTE: The showing is free, but admission to the museum may be required.  For your information, the admission costs are below:

ADMISSION

Members FREE
Adults $15
Seniors (Age 60+) $10
Kids Age 4 – 17 $10
Kids Age 3 & Under Free
University of Louisville Students, Faculty & Staff Free
Select Area Schools Free*
College Students (with valid ID) $10
Military Personnel $10