This is the first film that used photographer W. Eugene Smith’s archives of photos and audiotapes, which document jam sessions by Thelonious Monk, Zoot Sims and other great jazz musicians, as they rehearsed in a loft in the late ‘50s and ‘60s.
Something happens in the life of photojournalist Eugene Smith in the late ‘50s. Leaving his position as a famous name in Life magazine, he secludes himself in a rundown building on Sixth Avenue. There, Smith enters into an obsessive period that leads him to surround himself with his camera collection, spread microphones around his loft, and record what his everyday life became at that point: eternal after-hours in the golden age of cool jazz. All kinds of celebrities visited Smith through the years: Don Cherry, Sonny Rollins, Robert Frank, Thelonius Monk, Norman Mailer, Diane Arbus, Henri Cartier-Bresson, they all coexisted with the cream of the local underclass in front of his camera lens, and documented an unrepeatable moment in history, when the meaning of the word “bohemian” reached its highest standard. FG
D, G: Sara Fishko F: Tom Hurwitz E: Jonathan Johnson S: Peter Miller P: Sara Fishko, Calvin Skaggs CP: WNYC Studios, Lumiere Productions I: Jason Moran, Thelonious Monk Jr., Steve Reich, Carla Bley, Sam Stephenson
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She’s an executive producer for the radio station WNYC, which focuses on culture. Her show Fishko Files covers a wide range of topics, such as film criticism and modern art.