upcoming screenings of "Passing Through" (& more) at the Museum

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upcoming screenings of "Passing Through" (& more) at the Museum

Thursday, August 7th at 8:15 p.m. and Saturday, August 9th at 6 p.m: screenings of "Passing Through" (1977, U.S.A.), directed by Larry Clark, screenplay by Clark and Ted Lange, music by Horace Tapscott's PanAfrican People's Arkestra, with Pamela Jones, Clarence Muse, Nathanial Taylor. Sayeth MoMA: "A rediscovery of independent American cinema, Clark's poignant film follows an African-American saxophonist, recently released from prison, who struggles to preserve his artistic integrity as he is awakened to racial consciousness by the elderly 'Poppa' (played by veteran actor Muse). The film's score, arranged by Horace Tapscott, features music by Eric Dolphy, Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, and Sun Ra, along with a live performance by the Pan African People's Arkestra. 1O4 min."

At the Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53rd St., NYC, Theater 2, 212-7O8-948O, -9424, or -94OO (ext. 3), www.moma.org, www.moma.org/calendar/film_screenings.php.

Also to be shown in August and September on various dates: "On Fighting Witches," score by Don Cherry; "Jack Johnson," score by Miles Davis, w/ Herbie Hancock, John McLaughlin, Mike Henderson [?], Wayne Shorter, Chick Corea, et al; "A Man Called Adam," score by Benny Carter, w/ Louis Armstrong, Nat Adderley, et al; "Down By Law," score by John Lurie, w/ Arto Lindsay, Marc Ribot, Nana Vasconcelos, et al; "New York Eye and Ear Control," w/ Albert Ayler, Don Cherry, Sunny Murray, Gary Peacock, Roswell Rudd, Gary Peacock, and John Tchicai; "Naked Lunch," score by Ornette Coleman and Howard Shore; "Kanzo Sensei," score by Yosuke Yamashita; "She's Gotta Have It," score by Bill Lee; and more.

For those interested, there is also a concurrent exhibit of jazz scores running at MoMA now through Monday, September 15th, comprising a film retrospective, a gallery installation, live concerts, and a panel discussion, all focusing on some of the best original jazz composed for the cinema from the 195O's to the present. The film retrospective opened on April 17 with a week-long theatrical run of Arthur Penn's "Mickey One," and continues with fiction features, experimental and animated shorts, and documentaries from countries as far-ranging as France, Brazil, Japan, South Africa, and the U.S. More MoMA text: "In 1951, Alex North's music for Elia Kazan's 'A Streetcar Named Desire' opened up jazz scoring to a new generation of composers, including Elmer Bernstein, Duke Ellington, Bernard Herrmann, Quincy Jones, Henry Mancini, and Lalo Schifrin. Significantly, this jazz renaissance coincided with the breakup of the Hollywood studio system and the emergence of independent film directors, including John Cassavetes, Shirley Clarke, and Herbert Danska, who experimented not only with diverse film styles and techniques, but also with more improvisational forms of jazz, such as hard bop, modal jazz, and Afro-Cuban jazz. This was equally true of European and Japanese New Wave filmmakers in the 195O's and 196O's--Jean-Luc Godard, Louis Malle, Roman Polanski, and the American expatriate Joseph Losey among them--who enlisted such legendary musicians as Gato Barbieri, Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, John Lewis and the Modern Jazz Quartet, Thelonious Monk, Sonny Rollins, and T