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Out There a Minute with Marshall Allen

Friday, September 29, 2017, 7:00 - 8:00 pm
291 Church Street, NYC

A screening of the short documentary film Out There a Minute with Marshall Allen followed by a discussion with director Patrick Ganley.

This event is free and open to the public.

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Musician-poet-philosopher, Sun Ra (born Herman Poole Blount), moved to 5626 Morton Street in the Germantown section of Northwest Philadelphia in the fall of 1968. Though he and his Arkestra continued to travel the world playing gigs and giving lectures, the home on Morton Street was where they lived, rehearsed, and composed. It was their headquarters. Today, Marshall Allen (member of the Arkestra since 1959) is the leader of the group and continues to share the music and concepts he learned from Sun Ra with the rest of the world from this storied home on a quiet tree-lined street. Out There a Minute with Marshall Allen (2017) is a short documentary, directed by Philadelphia filmmaker Patrick Ganley. It combines Allen's introspective words about music, life, and philosophy with contemporary footage of the sanctuary from which the Arkestra has worked for the last five decades. The film screening will be followed by a discussion with director Patrick Ganley, who spent years immersed in Sun Ra’s world during the making of this film.

For over a decade Patrick Ganley has been making short documentaries for and about the non-profit sector in the Philadelphia -area. As an avid music fan, he's made a handful of music videos and music-focused documentaries, including a short documentary about local garage-punkers, The Tough Shits. His most recent short, Out There a Minute with Marshall Allen, gives the current leader of Sun Ra's Arkestra, Marshall Allen, an opportunity to sound off about his mentor Sun Ra, music, philosophy, and the neighborhood in North Philadelphia that the Arkestra has called their home for the last four decades.

apexart’s program supporters past and present include The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, The Buhl Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, The Greenwich Collection Ltd., William Talbott Hillman Foundation/Affirmation Arts Fund, Spencer Brownstone, the Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, the Fifth Floor Foundation, the Consulate General of Israel in New York, the Kenneth A. Cowin Foundation, the Trust for Mutual Understanding, and public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
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