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The Cry of Jazz

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The Cry of Jazz

Ντοκιμαντέρ / Documentary, ΗΠΑ / USA, 1959, 35′, 35mm, Ασπρόμαυρο / Black and White, Με ήχο / Sound Αγγλικά / English

Σκηνοθεσία / Direction Edward O. Bland Σενάριο / Screenplay Edward O. Bland, Nelam L. Hill & Mark Kennedy Μοντάζ / Editing Howard Alk Φωτογρ./ Photography Hank Starr Μουσική / Music Edward O. Bland Ήχος / Sound Garry Harris Timmy Harris & Nelam L. Hill Παραγωγός / Producer Edward O. Bland & Nelam L. Hill Προέλευση ταινίας / Film Source Deep in the Pocket & Music Media Group, Inc. Αποκατάσταση / Restoration Colorlab & Bluwave Audio

The Cry of Jazz is a monumental literal and figurative black-and-white dialectic that uses jazz as both lens and springboard for interpreting America’s past, present, and future ills (and possibilities). Black life is seen as a reflection of jazz and jazz as a reflection of Black life.

Edward O. Bland

He composed scores for TV and film. He wrote, directed, and produced the 1959 film Cry of Jazz. In the 1990s, it was rediscovered and celebrated as an early example of independent black filmmaking.

Thanks to Anthology Film Archives and the Film Foundation for the restoration and remastering of the film.

Introduction by Nicole Brenez


The 9th Athens Avant-Garde Film Festival is carried out in the context of “Cinephilia in the New Age II” which is funded by the European Union — European Regional Development Fund (Operational Programme ROP ATTIKI of NSRF 2014-2020). All actions are carried out under the auspices of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports.