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Denis A. Charles: An interrupted conversation
Pays concerné : États-Unis
Genre : portrait
Type : documentaire


Un long métrage documentaire de Véronique N. Doumbé.


« Denis A. Charles: An interrupted conversation » is the story of one man’s struggle to follow his dream and the obstacles he encounters in his professional as well as his personal life.
Unknown to the mainstream, Denis A. Charles became a legend on the Avant-garde Jazz scene when his drumming caught the attention of many innovative musicians like Thelonious Monk, Steve Lacy, Archie Shepp, Don Cherry, Sonny Rollins and many others.

Performances shot during the last two years of his life, in venues across New York City interspersed with anecdotes told by Denis A. Charles himself, family members, friends and fellow musicians illustrate Denis’s cling to music while waging a battle to simply survive.

Akira Ando, Billy Bang, John Blum, Borah Borgman, Thomas Borgmann, Roxane Butterfly, Rick Dellaratta, Bobby Few, Joel Forrester, Susie Ibarra, Steve Lacy, Frank Lowe, Zane Massey, Jemeel Moondoc, Wilber Morris, William Parker, Archie Shepp…

a feature-length documentary, released in 2002. This documentary received several awards:

* Best Video Documentary Production at the XVII Black International Cinema 2002 in Berlin, Germany.

* 2002 Audience Award/ Best Feature at the First Detroit Docs in Detroit, Michigan.

* Ciny Award 2002 / Outstanding Documentary, CinewomenNY Screening Series at the Anthology Film Archives in New York City.
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