Robert Mugge, US, 1980, 60 min.
SUNSET PRE-PARTY AT 5:30!
The quintessential document of the interplanetary jazz band leader Sun Ra, Robert Mugge’s Sun Ra: A Joyful Noise captures Ra and his Arkestra after they had relocated to Philadelphia. Portions of the film were shot on the roof of International House as well as at the Penn Museum and other locations and venues in Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington D.C. The extended live performances capture the group at its peak while interviews with Ra and the band members show their commitment to a unique vision based on discipline and afro-futurist philosophy that is woven into the music. At times noisy and at times joyful, A Joyful Noise is unlike any music film you may have seen.
Join us at 5:30pm for a Sunset Pre-Party celebrating the Afrofuturist legacy of Sun Ra with a DJ and MoonDawg Sundaes food truck (fried ice cream and more!), followed by a pre-screening conversation with filmmaker Robert Mugge, presented by cinéSPEAK.