The Psychotronic Film Society of Savannah and The Coastal Jazz Association of Savannah, in conjunction with The Telfair Museum of Art, is proud to present — for one showing only — the universally-acclaimed jazz documentary film “My Name is Albert Ayler” June 5 at 6 p.m. in the Jepson Center for The Arts’ Neises Auditorium.
This is the inaugural collaboration between The Psychotronic Film Society of Savannah and The Coastal Jazz Association of Savannah, a locally-based non-profit organization devoted to promoting jazz music and history through concerts, festivals, newsletters and educational outreach. This will be the The Psychotronic Film Society of Savannah’s first event at The Jepson Center for the Arts.
Tickets are $7 at the door for all ages.
Described by the New Yorker as “remarkable… a cause for rejoicing” and by the San Francisco Weekly as “the quintessential portrait of an artist who was ahead of his time — and knew it,” this Swedish-made independent feature profiles the short, troubled life and mysterious, untimely death of Albert Ayler, a groundbreaking, avant-garde tenor saxophonist whose pioneering and visionary mid-1960s free jazz music was too uncompromising for commercial success, but proved an inspiration to such legendary musicians as John Coltrane, Ornette Coleman and Don Cherry.
Constructed from rare, recently uncovered footage of Ayler in concert, historic audio interviews with the man himself, and newly-shot conversations with his surviving family and friends and collaborators, this film has been called one of the most affecting music documentaries of its kind, and perhaps the single finest film on jazz ever made.
It has only been shown in a handful of U.S. cities, and this is a unique opportunity to see it in a public setting.
The Psychotronic Film Society of Savannah is a not-for-profit endeavor designed to present public showings of independent, foreign and cult films which otherwise would never be seen in this area.
They hold regular, weekly screenings at The Sentient Bean Coffeehouse and occasionally at the Lucas Theatre for The Arts.