Featuring never-before-seen archival footage, studio outtakes, and rare photos, Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool, directed by Stanley Nelson (The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution, Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities) tells the story of a truly singular talent and unpacks the man behind the horn.
Miles Davis: horn player, bandleader, innovator. Elegant, intellectual, vain. Callous, conflicted, controversial. Magnificent, mercurial. Genius. The very embodiment of cool. 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.
Limited screening dates – See milesdavismovie.com for screening schedule.
Southern California screenings at the Landmark end September 5th. September 6-12th screenings are at the Laemmle (Hollywood, Pasadena, Glendale, Claremont). Long Beach September 9-13. San Diego Sept. 27 – Oct. 3.
Northern California – September 6-12 San Francisco, Berkeley, September 20-26 San Rafael
You don’t want to miss this!