STANLEY NELSON’S “MILES DAVIS: BIRTH OF THE COOL” WILL PREMIERE AT FILM FORUM ON AUGUST 23

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Stanley Nelson's film MILES DAVIS: BIRTH OF THE COOL will premiere at Film Forum on August 23.
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Film Forum is pleased to present the world theatrical premiere of Stanley Nelson’s MILES DAVIS: BIRTH OF THE COOL, beginning Friday, August 23.

Miles Davis was many things and embodied many things. He was a horn player, bandleader, innovator. He was elegant, intellectual, vain. He was at times callous, conflicted and controversial. He was also magnificent and mercurial.

As an artist, Davis was a Genius. The very embodiment of cool. He was the man with a sound so beautiful it could break your heart.

The central theme of Miles Davis's life 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. Again and again, in music and in life, Miles broke with convention—and when he thought his work came to represent a new convention, he changed it again.

Miles’s bold disregard for tradition, his clarity of vision, his relentless drive, and 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 in music—from bebop to “cool jazz,” modern quintets, orchestral music, 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.

MILES DAVIS: BIRTH OF THE COOL will open Friday, August 23 for an ongoing engagement at Film Forum, 209 W. Houston St. with daily showtimes at 12:20, 2:35, 4:55, 7:15 & 9:40. The film is presented with support from the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation Fund. Filmmaker Stanley Nelson and others from the film will appear for Q&As opening weekend. Check www.filmforum.org for details. MILES DAVIS: BIRTH OF THE COOL (2019, 115 mins.) Produced and directed by Stanley Nelson. Produced by Nicole London. Consulting Producer: Marcia Smith. Edited by Lewis Erskine, Matasha Livia Mottola & Yusuf Kapadia. Voice of Miles Davis: Carl Lumbly. USA. An Abramorama release.

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