Miles Davis Birth of the Cool

Miami FF 2019 – Nominee: Knight Documentary Achievement Award

IndieLisboa Int'l Independent FF 2019 – Nominee: Indiemusic Schweppes Award

Cleveland Int'l FF 2019 – Music Movies Competition

For more than two decades, Stanley Nelson has been documenting key actors and moments in African-American history. With Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool, Nelson provides a broad but detailed account of the man who changed the shape of jazz and defined the very notion of cool. The film’s key focus is on how Davis, both in his music and his life, was fueled by a restless determination to break boundaries and live on his own terms. With rich access to archives and many of Davis’ personal and professional intimates, the film includes frequent voiceovers from its gravel-toned subject, as well as interviews with some of the leading musical talents of the 20th Century. The result is a compelling portrait of a genius whose work remains as relevant today as when it was first produced.


Vince Wilburn Jr Documentary Subject
Vince Wilburn, Jr., nephew of late jazz icon Miles Davis, oversees Miles Davis Properties, LLC, along with Erin Davis (son of Miles) and Cheryl Davis (daughter of Miles). Wilburn, Jr. is a highly accomplished drummer, producer and radio host, who has both toured and recorded with Miles on many legendary…

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Erin Davis Documentary Subject

Erin Davis, son of late jazz icon Miles Davis, is a Los Angeles-based musician/producer/composer who heads Davis Artists Group and runs Miles Davis Properties, LLC along with his sister (Cheryl Davis) and his cousin (Vince Wilburn, Jr.). He has also toured and recorded with Miles Davis.

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SA Premiere Festival Guest International Feature
Cape Town
Fri 7 June / 8.45pm + Q&A
Mon 10 / 6.15pm + Q&A
Sun 16 June / 8.30pm
Sun 16 June / 3pm BEST OF FEST
Tue 11 June / 7pm
Eyethu Lifestyle Centre, 00651 Tshabalala St, Mofolo Central, Soweto, 1801
Wed 12 June / 6.45pm + Q&A
Sun 16 June / 3pm BEST OF FEST
Stanley Nelson
115 minutes