Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool


Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema Wed, May 1, 2019 8:45 PM
Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema Fri, May 3, 2019 10:00 AM
TIFF Lightbox 1 Sat, May 4, 2019 6:45 PM
Film Info
Country Listing:USA
Premiere Status:International Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2019
Accessibility:Partial Subtitles
Program Category:Special Presentations
Film Subjects:Black Cultures & Issues
Music & Musicians
Popular Culture
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Stanley Nelson
Producer(s):Nicole London
Stanley Nelson
Executive Producer(s):Terry Shand
Geoff Kempin
Michael Kantor
Editor(s):Lewis Erskine


From Emmy Award–winning director Stanley Nelson comes a rare look, with never-before-seen footage, at one of the most innovative and influential jazz figures of the past half-century. Having had its successful premiere at Sundance, Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool unpacks the man behind the myth, diving into his upbringing, methodology, personal relationships and demons to deliver a complex portrait of a man who not only redefined American jazz but continues to have a powerful impact on generations of musicians. This formidable story is built through in-depth new interviews and rare outtakes from those who knew Davis best, as well as his most prominent collaborators, such as Quincy Jones, Carlos Santana, Clive Davis, Wayne Shorter and Ron Carter. Heather Haynes

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  • Toronto Star - 10 movies you must see at Hot Docs 2019
  • NOW - 5 Stars, "An intricate portrait of a visionary who changed the face of music."
  • Variety - "Superbly crafted documentary taps deep into the mystique of Miles Davis."