Films By Don McGlynn

Art Pepper, one of jazz's greatest alto saxophonists, is a survivor, he has survived heroin, prison and self-loathing. We ... hear stories, often amusing, sometimes tragic, which were the emotional reference points of his creative life. ... Integrated with the stories are live performances of three of his compositions ... "Red Car","Patricia", and "Miss Who" which capture ... Pepper at the height ... Read more
Don McGlynn's (Dexter Gordon: More Than You Know, MIFF 1997) brutally honest, obsessively researched and thoroughly moving account of Jazz giant, Charles Mingus. Audiences will leave McGlynn's bio-pic with both a profound appreciation for Mingus' immense talent and taken aback by his prodigious output and, on occasion, tumultuous lifestyle. ... Triumph of the Underdog with only the benefit of a ch... Read more
Best known for his collaborations with Charles Mingus, Roland Kirk and Dexter Gordon, Horace Parian's life story is extraordinary. Don McGlynns intimate portrait of the pianist is comprised of a combination of revealing interviews about Parian's fascinating life. McGlynn captures every stage of Parian's career then segues seamlessly into timeless piano compositions. The director captures the treme... Read more
"The movie is a beautiful thing. No documentary about any musician will make you so glad to be alive."—San Francisco Examiner ... Don McGlynn is a MIFF regular who just about qualifies for his own office. His consistency brilliant music biographies have enthralled Melbourne audiences for the past three years. Once more McGlynn has delved into hidden vaults of unseen archival treasures, integrating... Read more
The name may be unfamiliar but the tunes of Harolc Arlen have stayed with generations. Over the Rainbow, Stormy Weather, Accentuate the Positive, That Old Black Magic, Let's Fall in Love, Come Rain or Shine, Any Place I Hang My Hat is Home, Get Happy and literally dozens more timeless classics flowed from Arlen's pen. Don McGlynn's outstanding biographical portrait rightfully places him alongside ... Read more
"I dropped into the Ten O'Clock Scholar, a Beat coffeehouse. I was looking for players with kindred spirits. John Koerner was tall and thin with a look of perpetual amusement on his face. We hit it off right away... he was soft spoken, but when he sang he became a field holler shouter. Koerner was an exciting singer, and we began playing a lot together." - Bob Dylan ... MIFF has screened practical... Read more
A 1965 installment of TV pop show Shindig: Rolling Stones Brian Jones and Mick Jagger gush about their inspirational first listen to Little Red Rooster. When it looks like the show's presenter is going to prattle on, Jones snarls, "Shut up and bring out the Wolf!" The Stones had only appeared on the programme on the condition that veteran bluesman Howlin' Wolf appear as their guest— and this outst... Read more
'Teddy Edwards is a pioneer of the modern tenor sax. His peers and friends acknowledge that he never had the kind of extraordinary career that his talent should have commanded. With this taste of a sad story to come—including the period during which Edwards fell under the spell of heroin—Don McGlynns exceptional documentary shifts gears into unreeling generous clips of Edwards blowing hot with his... Read more
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