No ordinary man (Canada) 80 mins. Stream online at the 2020 Vancouver International Film Festival from September 24 to October 7 on VIFF Connect We talk a lot about the importance of screen representation, but No ordinary man aims to vividly capture the emotional impact of acknowledging aspects of one’sRead More →

In the 1950s, some jazz musicians thought they couldn’t get that Charlie Parker “happy-sad feeling” without using drugs. So says a friend of saxophonist Frank Morgan in “Sound of Redemption”, a documentary that revels in joy despite some very sad events. Mr. Morgan was born into music. His father wasRead More →

The film delves into another association, with Joni Mitchell, whose albums ‘Hejira’, ‘Don Juan’s Reckless Daughter’ and ‘Mingus’ are unimaginable without Pastorius; calling him the bassist for these sessions somehow understates his role. Some of Pastorius’ most striking performance footage in film comes from Mrs. Mitchell’s 1979 tour with aRead More →