Restoring Shirley Clarke

November 15, 2014

No one has ever written a book about Shirley Clarke, and I imagine she’s pretty obscure even among most people who style themselves as cinephiles. She shouldn’t be. I expect to be writing about here soon in my OnFilm column for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, but I wanted to to take a second to note that two of her long-supressed, out-of-print direct cinema documentaries Portrait of Jason (1967) and Ornette: Made in America (1985) were released on DVD by our friends at Milestone Films last week.

Milestone, as you may know, played a big role in restoring and distributing Charles Burnett’s Killer of Sheep and Kent MacKenzie’s The Exiles, and they intend to eventually release her other films, the feature The Connection (1961) and the documentary Robert Frost: A Quarrel with the World (1963), on DVD as well.

Check out their Project Shirley website here.

ORNETTE: MADE IN AMERICA – TRAILER from AMBULANTE on Vimeo.


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