The Pleasures of Being Out of Step


Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema Fri, May 16, 2014 8:45 PM
Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema Sat, May 17, 2014 6:30 PM
Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema Sun, May 18, 2014 2:30 PM
Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema Mon, May 19, 2014 4:00 PM
Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema Tue, May 20, 2014 6:30 PM
Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema Wed, May 21, 2014 4:00 PM
Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema Wed, May 21, 2014 8:45 PM
Film Info
Runtime:86 minutes
Country Listing:USA
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):David L. Lewis
Cinema Extra
Distributed by:First Run Features
Featuring:Floyd Abrams, Amiri Baraka, Stanley Crouch,
Dan Dan Morgenstern and Karen Durbin


Nat Hentoff is one of the enduring voices of the last 65 years; a writer who championed jazz as an art form and who also led the rise of ‘alternative’ journalism in America. This unique documentary wraps the themes of liberty, identity and free expression around a historical narrative that stretches from the Great Depression to the Patriot Act. At the core of the film are three extraordinary and intimate conversations with Hentoff. Commentary and perspective are offered through additional interviews with such luminaries as Amiri Baraka, Stanley Crouch, Floyd Abrams, Aryeh Neier and Dan Morgenstern. The sublime music of Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Charles Mingus and Bob Dylan is interwoven with never-before-seen photographs and archival footage featuring Hentoff’s allies and rivals. Don't miss this captivating film about life, liberty and the pursuit of jazz!

Director David L. Lewis will participate in a Skype Q&A on Friday, May 16, at 8:45 p.m.

Co-presented by the Toronto Jewish Film Festival.

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Winner—Metropolis Grand Jury Prize, DOC NYC 2013

"A fascinating portrait of a gifted jazz critic."Indiewire