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Sun Ra : A Joyful Noise (a film by Robert Mugge, 1980)
DVDs at Crossett Library
The magic sun : a film by
Call Number: Performance 3133
Publication Date: 1966
Shot in 1966, while the Sun Ra Arkestra was still based in NYC (before relocating to Philadelphia in 1968), the composer and filmmaker Phill Niblock’s The Magic Sun is an obscure artifact of profound beauty. It features frenetic black and white footage of the band at play, and an incredible soundtrack – which to knowledge is not duplicated anywhere else.
Space is the place by
Call Number: Drama 5428
Publication Date: 1974
Space Is the Place is an 85-minute Afro-futurist science fiction film made in 1972 and released in 1974. It was directed by John Coney, written by Sun Ra and Joshua Smith, and features Sun Ra and his Arkestra.
The cry of jazz by
Call Number: Performance 3136
Publication Date: 1959
This semi-documentary film was completed in 1958 in Chicago. Long before the concept of Black Culture existed, THE CRY OF JAZZ argued that Black American life shared a structural identity with jazz. Most of the music is composed and performed by Sun Ra and his Arkestra.
Points on a space age by
Call Number: Documentary 6387
Publication Date: 2009
Points on a Space Age explores the recent activity of the remaining members of the Arkestra since the passing of its founder, Sun Ra, and examines their current work under the direction of Marshall Allen.
Mystery Mister Ra (performances and rehearsals in Paris, France, 1984) PART ONE
Mystery Mister Ra (performances and rehearsals in Paris, France, 1984) PART TWO