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Directed by Dorothy Darr, Jefferey Morse

United States 2012 114 mins. In English

Charles Lloyd became one of the most popular and influential jazz musicians of the 1960s when his album “Forest Flower” crossed over to the mainstream. But almost as quickly, he vanished from public view and for over a decade lived in the wild seclusion of Big Sur. ARROWS INTO INFINITY follows the rise, retreat, and return of the charismatic Lloyd, who in the decades since has continued his very personal spiritual quest through sound. Co-directed by his painter/filmmaker wife, this performance-rich film conveys the astonishing range of Lloyd’s career, from his Memphis roots to surprising collaborations with Keith Jarrett, The Beach Boys, Charles Bukowski, Michel Petrucciani, and many more. Among the many relating their professional experiences are fellow musicians Herbie Hancock, Ornette Coleman, Billy Higgins, Jack DeJohnette, and Jason Moran.

The Northwest Film Center recognizes and honors the Indigenous peoples of this region on whose ancestral lands the museum now stands. These include the Willamette Tumwater, Clackamas, Kathlemet, Molalla, Multnomah and Watlala Chinook Peoples and the Tualatin Kalapuya who today are part of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, and many other Native communities who made their homes along the Columbia River. We also want to recognize that Portland today is a community of many diverse Native peoples who continue to live and work here. We respectfully acknowledge and honor all Indigenous communities—past, present, future—and are grateful for their ongoing and vibrant presence.