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UK Premiere: Motian in Motion (PG*) + virtual ScreenTalk with Bill Frisell, Joe Lovano and director Michael Kelly

Doc'n Roll Film Festival

A portrait of Paul Motian with a kitten on his shoulder

Motian in Motion, documents the career of iconic jazz drummer Paul Motian.

Like a fly on a wall, Michael Patrick Kelly filmed Paul Motian for several years at various venues and recording sessions, as well as his everyday life and in his beloved Central Park, when suddenly Paul became ill and died from a rare form of blood cancer in 2011.

In 2015, Kelly began interviewing and re-interviewing the many musicians Paul Motian played and recorded with including Bill Frisell, Joe Lovano, Carla Bley, Chick Corea, Gary Peacock, Chris Potter, Arlo Guthrie, (who Paul played with at legendary Woodstock Music Festival), and many others who were more than happy to take part in this tribute to a great artist.

US 2020 Dir Michael Kelly 86 min


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