Film Review by Matt Cole
Full disclosure: On Ka’a Davis is a friend of mine. Not only that, but I’ve had the privilege of playing with him on numerous occasions, mostly in the radical marching band Himalayas, and also in projects of his own. I’m also a fan of his work, both as a leader and as a sideman (notably with Nick Gianni’s Evolution). This is why I’m glad to be able to review a new documentary on his life, music, and context called Djuke with On Ka’a.
Opened in NYC at the IFC Center on June 25th
Opens in Los Angeles at the Laemmle Music Hall July 4th
The Pleasures of Being Out of Step: Notes on the Life of Nat Hentoff profiles legendary jazz writer, journalist, and civil libertarian Nat Hentoff, whose career has coincided with the greatest artistic, cultural, and political movements of the last 65 years. Any account of Nat’s career would not be complete without chronicling his determined efforts to promote and support freedom of expression. Narrated by actor Andre Braugher, Pleasures of Being Out of Step wraps the themes of liberty and identity around a historical narrative that stretches from the Great Depression to the Patriot Act.
Prolific and incendiary, Nat Hentoff is the author of twenty nonfiction books, nine novels, and two memoirs. His writing has been published in Down Beat, The Village Voice, The New Yorker, Jazz Times, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Playboy, Esquire, The Atlantic, The Progressive, and The New Republic.
Written, directed and animated by Maral Pourkazemi, who is a German graphic designer with Iranian roots and based in London specializing in human centered design and visualizing data, and by German motion graphics designer, animator and film director Florian Köhne.
Narrated by Justin Beard.
Music by Albrecht Schrader.