The Case of the Three Sided Dream

Directed by: Adam Kahan
88 minutes
VUE Piccadilly
Pic. 2
Sat 3rd Oct 17:00
Premiere Screening

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Take a profound understanding of sound, combine it with a playful and innovative attitude towards composing music, and you will get jazz legend Rahsaan Roland Kirk (1935–1977). This 2014 documentary film about his life and work speaks of how he went from being a quirky child who produced music with a garden hose to a celebrated multi-instrumentalist. It tells us of how he transformed the simplest sounds, such as of of tires screeching or garbage cans rattling, into music. In one particular sequence, Kirk is even shown playing the trumpet through his nose - “The nose knows”, he advises. ‘The Case of the Three Sided Dream’ is a pastiche of interviews with Kirk’s friends and family, original footage from his performances and recorded moments from his everyday life. As a documentary, it is hugely informative and showcases plenty of rare footage, but it also even offers viewers an inspiring new take on life. This blind, and eventually paralysed, man’s passionate, innovative and experimental attitude towards his work is something to live by. Whether you’re a jazz fan or simply looking for inspiration, ‘The Case of the Three Sided Dream’ provides plenty of both.
88 min
Adam Kahan
Adam Kahan
Alex Baev
Alex Baev
Akua Dixon
Dorthaan Kirk
Rahsaan Roland Kirk
Screening Status
UK Premiere
Strands: Features RSO