|The Pleasures of Being Out of Step: Notes on the Life of Nat Hentoff
A film by David L. Lewis
86 minutes, documentary, color, English, 2013
Nat Hentoff is one of the enduring voices of the last 65 years, a writer who championed jazz as an art form and was present at the creation of ‘alternative’ journalism in America. This unique documentary wraps the themes of liberty, identity and free expression around a historical narrative that stretches from the Great Depression to the Patriot Act.
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"This succinct documentary sticks smoothly to its beat. Thoughtfully edited, it also pays tribute to a faded era of alternative journalism and to a model for cultural bonds across racial lines." - The New York Times
"A brisk and engaging film...soaking a bit in the music of Mingus and Miles, it is a fine and lively précis, a celebration of a life well lived - and spectacularly written." - The Village Voice
"Sharp-looking and enjoyable!" - The Hollywood Reporter
"Rich in the sounds and occasional sights of legendary cultural figures, from Lenny Bruce and Malcolm X to Bob Dylan and Coleman Hawkins. It is the vivid testimony of the artists he championed and hung out with that galvanizes the film." - Variety
"Remarkably fluid and never less than compellingly watchable." - RogerEbert.com
"Brilliant and thoroughly engaging!" - CineSource
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INTERVIEW: Nat Hentoff Is Wide Awake at 88, The New York Observer, 5/9/14
INTERVIEW: Encore sits down with David L. Lewis, Encore Magazine, 6/8/14
Jazz-and-Constitution Diet Can Keep a Mind Sharp, The New York Times, 6/23/14
● Bonus & Extended Scenes: How Max Came to Candid; Critic to Fan; WWII; The New Yorker