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  • Director

    Shirley Clarke

  • Starring

    Ornette Coleman, Prime Time, John Giordano, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Ed Blackwell, William Burroughs

  • Certificate


  • Run Time

    85 mins

  • Release Year


  • Country of Origin


  • Language


  • Director of Photography: Edward Lachman

  • Editor: Shirley Clarke

  • Produced by: Kathelin Hoffman

  • Music: Ornette Coleman

  • Sound Production: Danny Michael

Director Bio

Shirley Clarke

P&I - Director Bio

Shirley Clarke (1919–1997) was an American experimental and independent filmmaker. She started her artistic career as a dancer in the New York modern dance movement before making her first film, Dance in the Sun, in 1953. She is known for The Connection (1961), The Cool World (1963) and Portrait of Jason (1967).

Ornette: Made in America


A portrait of legendary free jazz saxophonist Ornette Coleman by EIFF favourite Shirley Clarke, pioneering director of such classics as The Connection (1961), The Cool World (1963) and Portrait Of Jason (1967). Exploring avant-garde musician Coleman’s fascinating life and work, Clarke cleverly employs her daring experimental filmmaking techniques to enhance the experience. It’s one of her finest works and features contributions from a selection of luminaries, including William S. Burroughs, Don Cherry, Yoko Ono and Robert Palmer. 

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