Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool (115 mins)
DIRECTOR: Stanley Nelson
PRODUCERS: Stanley Nelson and Nicole London
Horn player, bandleader, innovator. Miles was a singular force of nature, the very embodiment of cool. The central theme of Miles Davis' life, and of this film is Davis' restless determination to break boundaries and live life on his own terms. This documentary feature explores archival photos and home movies shot by Miles and his colleagues, his manuscripts and Miles' original paintings, to explore the man behind the music. Featuring interviews with some of the most well-known musicians on the planet, including Jimmy Cobb, Lee Konitz, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Ron Carter, Carlos Santana, The Roots, and Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers; the film explores why Miles continues to be a relevant voice in today's world. Nelson had unprecedented access to the Miles Davis estate, never-before-seen archival materials, Sony archives, and interviews.
Stanley Nelson, who was the Hamptons Doc Fest’s 2015 Career Achievement Award honoree, has the distinction of having more docs play at Sundance (10) than any other director.