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Directed by Sara Fishko

United States 2015 88 mins. In English

In 1957, heralded LIFE Magazine photo essayist W. Eugene Smith moved into an old building in Manhattan’s Flower District. Populated by painters, photographers, and composers, the building became a gathering spot for New York’s best jazz musicians. Through the early 1960s, Smith recorded thousands of hours of music and took thousands of photographs of musicians at the “Jazz Loft,” documenting freewheeling jam sessions with some of the elite of the New York jazz scene, including Thelonious Monk and Hall Overton preparing for Monk’s famed 1959 Town Hall concert. Smith’s work, at once intimate and epic, offers a unique portrait not only of a legendary scene and era, but an inspirational story of an artist capturing not only the world around him, but to find his place in the world.



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.