Jason Holliday is a black, homosexual street hustler, who struggles for survival in a world that constantly marginalizes him. This ad hoc one-man-show prompted Ingmar Bergman to declare it the most incredible film he had ever seen.
If you're looking for a conventional documentary, then you're in the wrong place. In one of the best films of its kind, Clarke highlights free jazz pioneer Ornette Coleman, turning his confessions, his vision, his fantasies and his live performances into a feverish, spectacular portrait.
Highly sought-after and out of circulation for years, this Oscar-winning documentary was the subject of a long court battle that eventually vindicated Clark, chronicling both the public and the private life of one of America's most celebrated literary figures.
Vividly and spontaneously shot in the streets of Harlem, with expressive young actors and an improvised jazz score by Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Mingus, this impressively naturalistic landmark film of the American independent cinema still rings poetic.
A group of African-American junkies are waiting for their connection, while a domineering filmmaker is trying to turn their agony into big screen fodder. Shirley Clarke orchestrates a controversial gem that would change independent cinema forever, winning her an award at Cannes and her own special place in film history.