Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool

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Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool


Doris Duke Theatre


Museum members: $12.00
General Admission: $15.00

About the Film:

Part of Honolulu African-American Film Festival 2019.

SOLD OUT—Opening night reception: Saturday, Feb 16 at 6pm.
Come dressed for jazz and enjoy good music, good wine, good food, and good company in celebration of the legendary Miles Davis. The reception precedes the opening night film Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool, which screens at 7:30pm. 
Please note that tickets to the opening night reception are limited and include dinner, a no-host bar, and admission to the film screening.

Directed by Stanley Nelson. USA. 2019. 112 mins. 
Hot off its world premiere at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, the Honolulu African-American Film Festival is proud to present Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool for the opening night film in celebration of a visionary, innovator and originator who defied categorization and embodied the word “cool.” Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool is a foray into the life and career of musical and cultural icon Miles Davis.

Using words from Miles Davis’s autobiography, Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool offers insight into our understanding of the legendary musician. Newly released archival material, alongside interviews with preeminent historians and personal friends like Quincy Jones, illustrate a man of intensity and devotion to his craft. Despite the indignities of America during the time of segregation, nothing was going to stop Davis from realizing his dream: to create a new form of musical expression. Director Stanley Nelson’s epic biopic collects the strands of a creative life and weaves them together for us to understand one of the great modern American artists like never before.

Official Selection, Documentary Premieres, World Premiere—Sundance Film Festival 2019

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