Past screening

Milford Graves Full Mantis

Directed by: Jake Meginsky
Runtime: 1hr 31min Year: 2018
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Directed by: Jake Meginsky
Runtime: 1hr 31min Year: 2018
Country: United States
Last Screened: Tue 19th Mar 2019

DocHouse presents at Peckham Springs! The first in a series of one-off screenings of DocHouse favourites at the South London venue.

‘A captivating sound poem.’ – The New York Times’

A sonic-visual ode to the ineffable magic of inspired and gracious living.’ – Thurston Moore

Milford Graves is an internationally renowned percussionist with a kaleidoscopic sound; this new documentary approaches the story behind his soulful, avant-garde music with experimental, rhythmic editing of archive footage and modern-day interviews.

The influence and drive of Graves’ musical power is the focal point for director Jake Meginsky, who met the artist 15 years ago when he showed up at his doorstep to ask to be mentored by Graves. As Graves tells his own story – ruminating on the essence of ‘swing’ and activating electronic stethoscopes in his basement lab to process the sound of his heart – Megisnky paints a portrait of Graves’ world through poly-rhythmic cinema that never fails to miss a beat.