Ornette: Made in America

Synopsis: Ornette: Made In America captures Ornette's evolution over three decades. Returning home to Fort Worth, Texas in 1983 as a famed performer and composer, documentary footage, dramatic scenes, and some of the first music video-style segments ever made, chronicle his boyhood in segregated Texas and his subsequent emergence as an American cultural pioneer and world-class icon. Among those who contribute to the film include William Burroughs, Brion Gysin, Buckminster Fuller, Don Cherry, Yoko Ono, Charlie Haden, Robert Palmer, Jayne Cortez and John Rockwell.
Director(s): Shirley Clarke
Production: Milestone Pictures
Rotten Tomatoes:
85 min

You fellows just better

get on out of here.

We're having a big celebration.

You gonna give us

our money back?

You just get back

on over yonder.

Yonder. Get on out of town.

Oh, no.

We're not gonna drop our guns.

We're not even...

Ladies and gentlemen,

Legends of the West welcomes you

to Caravan of Dreams.

I want to read this proclamation

for you, Ornetle,

and then I've got a little gift for you.

All right,

'Whereas Ornette Coleman,

born and reared in the city

of Fort Worth,

has enriched the lives of individuals

of every race, color and creed

as a composer, performer,

and renowned jazz musician,

and whereas Ornette Coleman,

a widely acclaimed figure

in the jazz world

has traveled throughout the United States,

Europe, Japan and Africa

and fashioned for himself

an unchallenged right

to historical prominence;

Whereas Ornette Coleman

has demonstrated

that individual initiative

and the free enterprise system

continue to be

the American way of life

and that success is possible

for all who take advantage

of the opportunities

in our country;

Now, therefore, I, Bob Bolen,

Mayor of the City

of Fort Worth, Texas,

do hereby proclaim

September 29, 1983,

as Ornette Coleman Day

in the city of Fort Worth. "


Thank you very much.

Although you're

a citizen of Fort Worth,

we want you to have a key

to the city of Fort Worth.

Now, this is a tie clip.

You haven't got a tie on today.

You will later.

But the original of this

was taken to the moon

by Alan Bean,

another Fort Worth native.

Yeah, that's the key to the city.

Where's the moon?

It's a key to the city, right?

He was with the mayor

this afternoon.

Where are the pieces

of the moon?

Yeah, he said it went to the moon.

The key went to the moon?

Why did this key go to the moon?

I don't know, man, you know,

how the mayor recited

the whole document

before he gave it to him, right?

And then he accepted the key.

And it was really nice.

Did you cry?

Did you cry?

No, I didn't cry, man.

It wasn't that sentimental.

It was nice receiving

a key to the city, man.

You know, it's not every day

that something like that happens.

It must be a tie pin.

It says "Fort Worth".

I know, but that's not the key, is it?

Yeah, it looks like a key.

Don't you see it?

Man, the key went to the moon.

It's like when they take objects

to the moon

and stuff like that.

Why would they take that

to the moon?

Just for, you know,

just for the experience.

It's like this has been

to the moon.

Like somebody gives you

a shirt, and it's from Paris.

See that trumpet case

over there...

the mouthpiece?

Looks good.

Cowtown USA.

The mouthpiece...

Now remember, I'm gonna let out

all the dogs.

What is it that you do

that is different

from other drummers

in relationship to playing

without having to have

something to go by'?

It's obvious you don't have

anything to go by,

but yet you're playing

as if you did,

and that is a very modern way

of playing.

I'm just trying to find out

what method do you use

to be correct or be right.

I mean, you're more right

than you are wrong, you know.

I don't know.

I just don't have

any particular method.

So when you do it

it's just a spontaneous thing

that's happening,

and how you're hearing the music

when you do do it.


Are you planning

to become a drummer

as far as growing up

to be a man?

What they call being an artist

and all that,

does that ever occur to you?

Yeah, but I'm not sure.

Let's fly it again.

On the reeds; On the rhythms.

Charlie, you play the changes

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