Film Screening: The Cry of Jazz

Event time: 
Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library (BRBL) See map
121 Wall Street
New Haven, CT 06511
Event description: 

A special screening of Ed Bland’s documentary, The Cry of Jazz, in celebration of its 60th anniversary.

The Cry of Jazz is the only film composer and musician Ed Bland ever helmed. It fused street grit and ivory tower intellect into a thirty-four minute celluloid whirlwind unlike anything before or since, all the while scored by a then unknown Le Sun Ra & his Arkestra. Deemed radical, alarmist, and amateurish by many upon its initial release, this black and white gem was eventually considered worthy enough by the Library of Congress for preservation in the United States National Film Registry in 2010. (

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