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Flick Out; Mingus

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Flick Out
Series Description

Originally aired on May 22, 1968 as a four and a half hour marathon showcasing young filmmakers. Hosted by Standish Lawder, Yale University film professor, “Flick Out” gave viewers the chance to watch some of the most creative films being produced at that time. It included short documentaries, film essays, animated cartoons and full-length features that illuminated the art of film.

Beginning in July 1968, “Flickout” became a weekly half-hour series, produced by Henry Morgenthau, showing experimental films from both new, young filmmakers, and established craftsmen. Whenever possible Morgenthau interviews the filmmaker whose work is being shown. Series release date: 5/22/1968

Program Description

The film, produced and directed by Tom Reichman, is a documentary of Charlie Mingus, the bass player, shot largely in his incredibly disordered apartment while he awaits eviction. Much of the Jazz portions of the film were done locally at Lenny’s On The Turnpike. The film gives a sympathetic picture of the man - and although the insights are necessarily scattered, a sense of Mingus as a person - angry, dispossessed and yet in possession of himself; with surprisingly a sweetness that comes through the viewer in spite of bitter words, brandished guns, etc.

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Broadcast program

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Film and Television
Morgenthau III, Henry (Series Producer)
Chicago: “Flick Out; Mingus,” WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed April 24, 2019, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_5553B3571DB740EFA5DF55629552A4DF.
MLA: “Flick Out; Mingus.” WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. April 24, 2019. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_5553B3571DB740EFA5DF55629552A4DF>.
APA: Flick Out; Mingus. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_5553B3571DB740EFA5DF55629552A4DF
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