DOXA at Modulus Festival
DOXA at Modulus Festival
Milford Graves Full Mantis
Directed by Jake Meginsky and Neil Young, 2018, 91 mins
Classification: Rated G
Monday November 5th, 2018
Film Screening 7:30pm
The Roundhouse, 181 Roundhouse Mews
Tickets: $15/$10 (regular/student)
Join us for Vancouver premiere of Milford Graves Full Mantis! We've partnered with Modulus Festival (produced by our friends at Music on Main) to present this lively new music doc about avant-garde percussionist Milford Graves.
Milford Graves Full Mantis is a portrait of renowned percussionist Milford Graves, exploring his kaleidoscopic creativity and relentless curiosity. Graves has performed internationally since 1964, both as a soloist and in ensembles with such legends as Albert Ayler, Giuseppi Logan and Sonny Sharrock. He is widely considered to be a founding pioneer of avant-garde jazz, and he remains one of the most influential living figures in the evolution of the form. The film draws the viewer through the artist’s lush garden and ornate home, into the martial arts dojo in his backyard and the laboratory in his basement - all of this just blocks from where he grew up in the housing projects for South Jamaica, Queens. Graves tells stories of discovery, struggle and survival, ruminates on the essence of 'swing,' activates electronic stethoscopes in his basement lab to process the sound of his heart, and travels to Japan where he performs at a school for children with autism, igniting the student body into an ecstatic display of spontaneous collective energy. Oscillating from present to past and weaving intimate glimpses of the artist’s complex cosmology with blistering performances from around the globe, MILFORD GRAVES FULL MANTIS is cinema full of fluidity, polyrhythm and intensity, embodying the essence of Graves’ music itself.
"The avant-garde percussionist tells a mean anecdote and proves himself a joyfully chaotic gardener in this delightfully entertaining documentary" - The Guardian
"Milford Graves Full Mantis is a beautiful and carefully constructed portrait of a uniquely talented human being. What's more, the film shows the creative possibilities that still exist within the increasingly staid realm of music docs." - Screen Anarchy
Composer/performer/filmmaker Jake Meginsky (b. 1976), a New Music USA award winner and Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellow in filmmaking, has collaborated and performed with an extraordinary range of musicians including Milford Graves, Alvin Lucier, Joan La Barbara, Vic Rawlings, Greg Kelley, Bhob Rainey, Joe McPhee, Thurston Moore, William Parker, Daniel Carter, Paul Flaherty, Arthur Brooks, and Bill Nace.
Artist Neil Young (b. 1976) makes moving images, sounds and events. His film and video work has been screened at Ann Arbor Film Festival, Anthology Film, Athens International Film Festival, The Machine Project, Nightengale, Good Night’s Sleep and Robert Beck Memorial Cinema. His video and sound installation work has been exhibited at Vox populi (Philadelphia), A.P.E. (Northampton) and Parsons Hall (Holyoke) galleries. In 2012, a six hour retrospective of his video diaries and travelogues were exhibited as part of Trickster’s We’ve Got Guests program in Rotterdam, NL.