DON'T KNOCK THE ROCK: The Case of the Three-Sided Dream (West Coast premiere) + Mabon "Teenie" Hodges: A Portrait of a Memphis Soul Original

“We hope you stay on the case. Don’t get inside the case ’cause if you get inside the case, they’ll shut the case up on you and you’ll never get out again.” — Rahsaan Roland Kirk

“Hendrix idolized him; Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore wore a T-shirt with his picture on it; everyone from the Animals’ Eric Burdon to Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood have given him props as one of the most inspiring jazz musicians of all time.” — Rolling Stone
Rahsaan Roland Kirk was a one of a kind musician, personality, satirist and windmill-slayer who despite being blind, becoming paralyzed, and facing America’s racial injustices — did not relent. His life’s work was exploring sound, as he made music on three horns simultaneously — but beyond that, he was an outspoken activist who started a political movement to get more exposure for jazz in America, particularly on TV. At the age of 40, at the apex of his career, Rahsaan suffered a stroke which left him half paralyzed. Despite this, he continued to tour and play music, with the use of only one hand, literally until the day he died. Filmmaker Adam Kahan digs through the blind multi-instrumentalist’s early life, his musical career and his penchant for fuelling his far-out improvisations on wax with a sense of social justice. Filmmaker Adam Kahan in person! Plus, our program begins with Mabon “Teenie” Hodges — A Portrait of a Memphis Soul Original, the new half-hour doc on the late close collaborator of Al Green.
The Case of the Three-Sided Dream Dir. Adam Kahan, 2013, DCP, 88 min.
Mabon “Teenie” Hodges: A Portrait of a Memphis Soul Original Dir. Susanna Vapnek, 2013, digital presentation, 34 min.

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