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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Jake Meginsky

Neil Young (Co-Director)




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


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Jake Meginsky
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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