Milford Graves Full Mantis

MILFORD GRAVES FULL MANTIS patiently draws the viewer through world-renowned jazz percussionist Milford Graves’ kaleidoscopic creative process. In his lush garden, blocks from his childhood home in the housing projects of South Jamaica, Queens, Graves tells stories of struggle and survival, ruminates on the essence of 'swing', and listens to the sound of his heart. The film weaves blistering performance footage from Europe, Japan, and the U.S. with an intimate glimpse into the artist’s singular voice and complex cosmology. Oscillating from present to past and traversing the globe with its subject, this is cinema full of rhythm and intensity, embodying the essence of Graves’ music itself.

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Credits

Directors:

Jake Meginsky, Neil Young (Co-Director)

Producer:

Jake Meginsky, Neil Young

Cinematographer:

Neil Young, Jake Meginsky, Marcus DeMaio

Editor:

Jake Meginsky, Neil Cloaca Young

Sound Designer:

Jake Meginsky

Music:

Milford Graves, Jake Meginsky

Principal Cast:

Milford Graves, Min Tanaka, Joe Rigby, Hugh Glover, Arthur Williams

Additional Credits:

Music and Words: Milford Graves, Animations: Milford Graves

Contact

Public Film Contact:

Jake Meginsky
Jake Meginsky independent Artist
fullmantismovie@gmail.com

Publicity Contact:

Jake Meginsky
jmeginsky@gmail.com
413 687 2904

Details

Primary Entry:
Platinum Badge
Film Badge
Secondary Entry:
Music Badge
Interactive Badge
Film Festival Wristband
Year:

2018

Premiere Status:

World Premiere

Genre:

Biography, Documentary, Experimental, Music

Screening Section:

24 Beats Per Second

Screening Category:

Documentary Feature

Country:

United States

Language:

English

Runtime:

91:31 mins