SELMA with live score by Jason Moran and the Wordless Music Orchestra, Brooklyn United Marching Band

August 10, 2017 | 7:30 pm | Prospect Park | Brooklyn, NY | All Ages | FREE!  
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Spring 1965: in defiance of segregationist repression, a march was organized along the highway from Selma, Alabama to the state capital Montgomery. Among the organizers were Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and John Lewis, who continues to be a beacon of light in the U.S. House of Representatives (Georgia). The resistance contributed to the passage of the Voting Rights Act later that year, and is considered one of our nation’s great victories for organized protest. The 2014 Oscar-winning historical drama SELMA tells the inspiring story of the march. A.O. Scott wrote in The New York Times, “I have rarely seen a historical film that felt so populous and full of life, so alert to the tendrils of narrative that spread beyond the frame.”

MacArthur “genius” and jazz pianist JASON MORAN joins WORDLESS MUSIC ORCHESTRA to provide an original live score to the film. Moran is a luminary of modern jazz, with a knack for inviting you to hang onto every musical phrase and subtlety. The New York Times writes, “Moran has his own sense of touch and rhythm and harmony, rounded and forgiving rather than pinpointed; it lets you in.” Youngsters BROOKLYN UNITED MARCHING BAND parade to open. (Rain Date 8/13)

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