EAGLE ROCK ENTERTAINMENT, FIRELIGHT FILMS, AND AMERICAN MASTERS PICTURES PROUDLY PRESENT
MILES DAVIS: BIRTH OF THE COOL
ON BLU-RAY+DVD AND 2DVD WITH BONUS MONTREUX CONCERT FOOTAGE, AND DIGITAL FORMATS
~APRIL 10, 2020~
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A tantalizing portrait: rich, probing, mournful, romantic, triumphant, tragic, exhilarating, and blisteringly honest
New York, NY (March 16, 2020)--Following a successful theatrical run, grossing over $1 million at the box office, Miles Davis: Birth Of The Cool – produced by Firelight Films for Eagle Rock Entertainment and American Masters Pictures in association with BBC Music -- will be released as a Blu-ray+DVD and 2DVD with bonus Montreux concert footage and a 16-page hardcover book, as well as digital formats on April 10.
A historic pillar of music history, Miles Davis is wholly revered for his immeasurable contributions as a trumpet player, bandleader, and composer. This consummate innovator and trendsetter not only broke evolutionary ground in jazz and fusion, but influenced generations of musicians in funk, hip-hop, rock, and everything in-between.
Directed by three-time Emmy Award winner Stanley Nelson, with full access to the Miles Davis Estate, Birth Of The Cool unearths never-before-seen live performances and outtakes from Davis’ studio sessions, as well as rare photos. This feature-length documentary film, which has been nominated for “Best Music Film” at the 62nd GRAMMY Awards and the prestigious NAACP Image Award for “Outstanding Documentary (Film)”, features brand new interviews with notable legends who shared professional and personal relationships with Miles, including Quincy Jones, Carlos Santana, Clive Davis, Wayne Shorter, and Ron Carter.
Birth Of The Cool pulls back the curtain of the man behind the music. The film takes an intimate look at what drove his intense, methodical approach and ravenous hunger to study all genres of music, from Baroque to classical Indian, as well as his demons, and how those elements fueled his genius and unique self-expression.
Premiered originally at Sundance Film Festival in January 2019, Miles Davis: Birth Of The Cool has reverberated with rave reviews. Rolling Stone deemed it “essential”; the San Francisco Chronicle noted it as “an essential portrait of iconic jazz genius.”
In addition to the full documentary, there is a special version of the set which will include live footage of Miles on the DVD portion, performing at the legendary Montreux Jazz Festival, featuring highlights cherry-picked from 1973, 1984, and 1985.
"Director Stanley Nelson lays Miles Davis bare—his good, bad, and beautiful—to a new generation while crystalizing the jazz musician’s legend to longtime fans with Miles Davis: Birth of The Cool. Nelson’s latest demonstrates Davis' complexity and all that he endured."
BONUS DVD – ALL LIVE FROM MONTREUX Tracklisting
Star People (1984 Afternoon)
It Gets Better (1984 Afternoon)
Hopscotch; Star On Cicely (1984 Afternoon)
Lake Geneva (1984 Afternoon)
Star People (1985 Evening)
Hopscotch (1985 Evening)
ABOUT EAGLE ROCK
Eagle Vision is an imprint of Eagle Rock Entertainment, the world-leading producer and distributor of music-related audiovisual content. Founded in 1997, the multi-award-winning company completes over 50 productions a year including concerts, documentaries, scripted formats and specials representing over 2,000 hours of programming. The vast catalogue includes work by award-winning filmmakers such as Martin Scorsese, Brett Morgan, Paul Dugdale, Stanley Nelson and Bob Smeaton. Eagle Rock has worked alongside a variety of artists including the Rolling Stones, Madonna, Jay Z, Paul McCartney, Katy Perry, Frank Sinatra, Black Sabbath and Imagine Dragons. For more information visit www.eagle-rock.com.
ABOUT AMERICAN MASTERS PICTURES
Founded in 2016 by executive producer Michael Kantor, American Masters Pictures is WNET’s theatrical imprint for documentaries co-produced by American Masters, the award-winning biography series that celebrates our arts and culture. American Masters Pictures partners with filmmakers, distributors and sales agents on non-broadcast releases including film festivals, theatrical, online, DVD, VOD and OTT, with PBS as the exclusive U.S. broadcaster of all films as part of the American Masters series. Films include Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool, N. Scott Momaday: Words from a Bear, Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am, Sammy Davis, Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me, Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story, Itzhak, Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You, Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise and Garry Winogrand: All Things are Photographable. Since 1986, American Masters has set the standard for documentary film profiles, accruing widespread critical acclaim: 28 Emmy Awards — including 10 for Outstanding Non-Fiction Series and five for Outstanding Non-Fiction Special — 14 Peabodys, an Oscar, three Grammys, two Producers Guild Awards and many other honors. The series is a production of THIRTEEN PRODUCTIONS LLC for WNET.
Firelight is a premier destination for non-fiction content by, for, and about people of color. Firelight produces documentary films, supports emerging filmmakers of color, and cultivates audiences for their work. Co-founded by National Humanities Medalist and MacArthur “Genius” Stanley Nelson, Firelight films have garnered multiple Primetime Emmys, Peabodys, and Sundance awards. Films include The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution; Freedom Riders; Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple, and The Murder of Emmett Till. For more information, visit