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Milford Graves Full Mantis

Milford Graves Full Mantis

Milford Graves Full Mantis

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2018 / 91min / DCP

DIRECTOR: JAKE MEGINSKY AND CO-DIRECTOR NEIL YOUNG

Musician and writer Aakash Mittal introduces and Q&A with Jake Meginsky at the 7pm screening on Thursday, July 19.

In making a documentary portrait of a genius like percussionist Milford Graves, a giant of experimental free-jazz, filmmaker Jake Meginsky couldn’t very well go the usual stodgy talking heads route. Instead he matches interviews with Graves, a charismatic polymath and tireless worker residing in Queens and still bubbling over at seventy-six with disparate enthusiasms including Chinese medicine, martial arts, and biorhythm-based beats, to an appropriately idiosyncratic editing cadence which includes some truly astonishing archival footage. A rare music doc that lays down its own unpredictable beat.

A Cinema Guild release.