Thursday, September 27, 2018

Fire Music premieres @ NY Film Fest, Saturday & Monday

Tom Sugal's much anticipated free jazz documentary screens at Francesca Beale Theatre – get tickets here.
Here's the scoop...

“Free Jazz is liberation, is the excitement of the new and now,” says Thurston Moore, executive producer of FIRE MUSIC. “It is with respect, passion and knowledge that Tom Surgal captures the significance of it. His work, like its subject, shines for the collective call of beauty and unity.”

FIRE MUSIC, directed by Tom Surgal and produced by Dan Braun with Executive Producers Thurston Moore and Nels Cline, reveals the story behind the irrepressible art form that has inspired generations of fans the world over.

Free Jazz is one of the original outsider art forms. Spearheaded by legendary mavericks like John Coltrane, Ornette Coleman and Cecil Taylor, it is the cultural precursor to all the seminal musical protest scenes that followed, such as Punk, Hardcore and Hip Hop. It gave voice to a disenfranchised generation galvanized by the burgeoning civil rights and anti-war movements. Free Jazz broke all the rules, challenging the very notion of music by jettisoning conventional melodic structure and traditional timekeeping in favor of collective improvisation.


Writer / director Tom Surgal is known for directing a series of groundbreaking music videos for leading alternative bands like Sonic Youth, Pavement and the Blues Explosion. Tom was a teenage protégé of Brian DePalma and has worked in a wide range of film production jobs, including production design, casting and writing. Tom is also a musician who performs regularly with Nels Cline (Wilco), Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth), Jim O'Rourke and Mike Watt (Minutemen, The Stooges) and is co-leader of the improvisational ensemble White Out. He is also a curator who has programmed celebrated music series at various downtown New York venues, including an entire month of shows at John Zorn's hallowed performance space The Stone.

Tom is recognized as a leading authority on Avant-Garde Jazz and boasts one the world's largest collections of Free Jazz recordings.

Executive producers are musicians Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth) and Nels Cline (Wilco), ranked respectively #99 and #82 in Rolling Stone' s rating of "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.”

Dan Braun, co-president of Submarine Entertainment, a top documentary production and sales company, is the producer of the project. Dan was executive producer of the award-winning documentary Kill Your Idols, and on the upcoming base-jumping documentary Sunshine Superman and was executive producer and music consultant on the No Wave film documentary Blank City. Dan is a Producer on the upcoming documentary Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict.

Dan's company, Submarine Entertainment has represented and sold the Oscar winning documentaries Citizenfour, Searching for Sugar Man, 20 Feet from Stardom, Man on Wire and The Cove. Other films in the company's portfolio include NAS: Time is Illmatic, Muscle Shoals, Tales of the Grim Sleeper, Keep on Keepin' On, The Great Invisible, Blackfish, Cutie and the Boxer, Winter's Bone, Bill Cunningham New York, Tiny Furniture, Queen of Versailles, Chasing Ice, Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me, and Super Size Me.

Veteran filmmaker Ron Mann whose credits include Comic Book Confidential, Grass, Imagine the Sound, Tales of the Rat Fink and most recently Altman will serve as spiritual adviser and Executive Producer.

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