In honor of Black History Month, the Nyack Village Theatre presents two landmark films:
Friday, Feb 22 8:00pm
In 'Round Midnight, real-life jazz legend Dexter Gordon brilliantly portrays the fictional tenor sax player Dale Turner, a musician slowly loving the battle with alcoholism, estranged from his family, and hanging on by a thread in the 1950's New York jazz world. Dale gets and offer to play in Paris, where, like many other black American musicians at the time, he enjoys a respect for his humanity that is not based upon the color of his skin. A Parisian man who is obsessed with Turner's music befriends him and attempts to save Turner from himself. Although for Dale the damage is already done, his poignant relationship with the man and his young daughter re-kindles his spirit and his music as the end draws near. Written by Siddy DeRosser.
Mo' Better Blues
Saturday, Feb 23 8:00pm
A 1990 drama film starring Denzel Washington, Wesley Snipers, and Spike Lee, who also directed. It follows a period in the life of a fictional jazz trumpeter Bleek Gilliam (Washington) as a series of bad decisions result in his jeopardizing both his relationshiips and his playing career. This film focuses on themes of friendship, loyalty, honesty, cause-and-effect and ultimately salvation. It features the music of the Branford Marsalis quartet and Terence Blanchard on trumpet. This film was released five months after the death of Robin Harris and is dedicated to his memory.