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Film, "Portrait of Jason": Staying Up All Night with Your Gay, Black Best Friend

"Portrait of Jason": Staying Up All Night with Your Gay, Black Best Friend

Very few documentaries give the sense of being right there in the room with the subject and the filmmakers quite like Shirley Clarke's 1967 Portrait of Jason. It's a simple concept: In a tastefully decorated room at the Chelsea Hotel,…
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Music, All Shook Down Go See Shirley Clarke's Groundbreaking Ornette Coleman Documentary at the Roxie

Go See Shirley Clarke's Groundbreaking Ornette Coleman Documentary at the Roxie

Shirley Clarke was a trailblazing, staunchly independent filmmaker who fused documentary methods and subject matter with fictional storytelling techniques. Her films often dealt with urban living, jazz music, and American artists. Her 1963 feature, Robert Frost: A Lover's Quarrel…
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Film, "Ornette: Made in America": Portraits in Space, Time, Performance, and Jazz

"Ornette: Made in America": Portraits in Space, Time, Performance, and Jazz

The invaluable American independent filmmaker Shirley Clarke (1919-97) once said: "There is no real difference between a traditional fiction film and a documentary. I've never made a documentary. There is no such trip." Her genre-blurring claim applies to all her…
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