Rahsaan Roland Kirk was more than a blind musician who could play three horns at once, more than the most exciting sax player who ever lived. He was also a warrior against racial injustice and a tireless campaigner for wider appreciation of jazz in American society. Packed with electrifying archival footage of Kirk and his music, Adam Kahan’s film is an absorbing look at the man who wouldn’t even let partial paralysis keep him from pursuing what he called “the religion of dreams.”
Chicago Premiere of Short Fiction Heaven’s Vanguard
Emil Goodman / Hungary / 11 min.
Eight years after a tragedy drove him into retirement, the last great jazz star on a manmade planet plays a farewell performance that forces him to relive it.