The Breath Courses Through Us (2013) is a new documentary about the early 1960s avant-garde jazz group, the New York Art Quartet. Directed by Alan Roth, the film focuses on the group’s 35-year reunion, while reaching back through recollections of their foundations and innovative musical ideas.
The film emulates the group’s style of music and challenges viewers to let go of their expectations of documentaries, much like free jazz subverts the traditional structure of jazz. Unfolding in free time and enveloped in their music, the film helps the viewer better understand the human element of the creative process.
The world premiere of The Breath Courses Through Us, will take place at the International Documentary Festival (fidmarseille.org) in Marseille, France, during the first week of July 2013. Director Alan Roth will be in attendance.