Ornette Coleman crashed jazz's bebop party in the late '50s, utilizing his harmelodic theory of playing to exploit the possibilities found in the cracks between melody, harmony and the very notes themselves. Jump forward in time almost 30 years, and Coleman is to his own bemusement an elder statesman of jazz, returning to his hometown of Fort Worth, Texas, to perform his song "Skies of America" with the local symphony orchestra at a black-tie event. It is this performance that serves as the centerpiece of Shirley Clarke's years-in-the-making documentary about Coleman, Ornette: Made in America. With its dramatic re-creations of his early years, live footage shot during the long years of Clarke and Coleman's friendship, interviews with Coleman's friends and admirers and hyperspeed edits, Made in America is an important document of the father of free jazz at a pivotal moment in his life, captured by a great artist at a pivotal moment in her own life. Ornette: Made in America screens at 7:30 p.m. Friday through Sunday (October 26 through 28) at Webster University's Moore Auditorium (470 East Lockwood Avenue; 314-968-7487 or www.webster.edu/filmseries). Admission is $4 to $6.
Oct. 26-28, 2012