"In one scene, Mr. Graves, now 76, stands in his backyard garden in Jamaica, Queens, speaking to the film’s director, Jake Meginsky. A vegetable provides more nutrients if you eat it directly, he says. Then he bends over and gobbles up a spinach leaf, chewing it down to the stem. This moment shows where his creativity flourishes — at the square root of super-seriousness and total innocence." Read more here >>
Film Society of Lincoln Center announced today: "By popular demand, a second screening of MILFORD GRAVES FULL MANTIS has been added on May 6" after the Friday, April 27 screening sold out several days in advance. Both screenings will feature a Q&A with Milford Graves, director Jake Meginsky and co-director Neil Young in person. Tickets are now available here: https://www.filmlinc.org/films/milford-graves-full-mantis/
MILFORD GRAVES FULL MANTIS was awarded the Sarasota Film Festival's Independent Visions Jury Prize this weekend, making it the first documentary to receive that award in the festival's twenty year history.
"There would be no point in trying to make a straightforward portrait on drummer Milford Graves – this free-jazz musician who's played with Bill Frisell, Albert Ayler, Sonny Sharrock and John Zorn, among others, is one of those guys who literally marches to his own beat. Thankfully, documentarians Jake Meginsky and Neil Young (no, not that one) figured this out early, and simply made a movie about Graves' life and work that's similar to his percussive style: unpredictable, out-of-sync yet somehow rhythmically right on, jagged and likely to zig when you think it's going to zag." - ROLLING STONE
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It is a true honor to have the film presented as part of the Pan African Cinema Today (PACT) section of the festival, alongside films by Ousmane William Mbaye, Rian Brown, Shirikiana Aina, Ary Rosa, Glenda Nicácio, Euzhan Palcy and Daryne Joshua. Additionally, IFFR is bringing Milford Graves to the world premiere event, and he will perform live on stage after the screening!