Ornette Coleman on stage while young boy plays the saxophone.

Still from Shirley Clarke's Ornette: Made in America, 1984.

Cinematheque: Sound – Evening

CMOA Theater

Free Event

Silent films were not silent. The term is a retronym, coined after the invention of synchronized recorded sound that did away with live musical accompaniments. Now, recorded and live sound are part of an artist’s palette, made as plastic as paint and clay. Unlike paintings and sculptures, however, sound wanders and lingers, in theaters and galleries—and on the streets long after you leave the museum.

This evening program is organized as part of a three-night Celebration of Ornette Coleman in collaboration with City of Asylum @ Alphabet City. Please visit their website for details on Night One and Night Two of the series, and join us at CMOA on Night Three for a screening of Ornette: Made in America. The film will be introduced by drummer Thomas Wendt and Carnegie International artist Thaddeus Mosley, who will share recollections of Coleman in Pittsburgh.


  • 5 p.m.: Introduction by Thomas Wendt and Thaddeus Mosley.
  • 5:15 p.m.: Screening of Bert Haanstra, Glas, 1958. Run time: 8:58
    This documentary masterfully couples jazz tunes with footage of hand-blown and mass-produced glassmaking factories.
  • 5:25 p.m.: Screening of Shirley Clarke, Ornette: Made in America, 1984. Run time: 1:25:00
    This study of the jazz giant Ornette Coleman captures three decades of the saxophonist's musical evolution.

About Cinematheque

The 2018 International transforms the CMOA Theater into a cinematheque. The French term "cinematheque" refers to a small film house or a film library. Libraries open up a world of knowledge to the public, and the International’s Cinematheque likewise brings to Pittsburgh worlds captured by filmmakers near and far.

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