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Sonny Rollins: Beyond the Notes

Dick Fontaine
Screening time  
25.02. / Monday, 18:00 - 20:00 Theatre 4  
''Beyond the Notes'' follows the extraordinary journey of brilliant and influential jazz saxophonist Sonny Rollins.

More than forty years ago Dick Fontaine made a film with the brilliant and influential jazz saxophonist Sonny Rollins, who suddenly rejected fame and ‘the jazz life’ to play alone high above the traffic on the Williamsburg Bridge, NY. Back then the film followed him on his lonely journey to find out why. What was he searching for? Now, forty-three years later, in the context of his historic 80th birthday concert and with the help of other jazz legends, Ornette Coleman, for example, whom Sonny invited to celebrate the history of his music with him, Beyond the Notes follows his extraordinary journey, still refusing stereotype and compromise, still searching for answers to his music and his life.


Dick Fontaine

Dick Fontaine is a filmmaker and teacher who has made over forty films for television and theatrical release. He began his career after graduating with an MA in Moral Sciences at Cambridge University and joined Granada Television in Manchester in 1962. He was the youngest producer / director in Britain at the time and was a founding member of Granada’s legendary investigative film series World in Action. Since 1995 Fontaine has run the prestigious Documentary Department at the postgraduate National Film and Television School in the UK.

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Sonny Rollins: Beyond the Notes

Great Britain, USA
2012, 78', video

Directed by:
Dick Fontaine

Roger Chapman, Richard Leiterman

Edited by:
Gideon Coral

Dick Fontaine, Gugulethu Mseleku

Produced by:
BeBop Productions