Check out this poignant, hour-long intimate portrait of Mingus by documentarian, Thomas Reichman, if you haven't seen it, on a slow news Monday.
The short version of the story? In November of 1966, Charles Mingus was forcibly evicted from his apartment in New York City. Thomas Reichman’s documentary, titled Mingus, captures that sad occurrence, and, of course, much more about the man and his music that lives on.
It's worth noting that a feature-length documentary directed by Kevin Ellington Mingus (grandson of the jazz legend), titled Mingus on Mingus, is currently in development.
Long in production, we featured the film's crowdfunding campaign a couple of years ago, when it raised over $45,000, which allowed it to continue production (as of June, it was still shooting; such is the world of indie filmmaking). In short, Mingus on Mingus will follow the grandson, as he discovers the truths behind the legend of the grandfather he never knew.
Says director Kevin Mingus, "there are many perspectives of my grandfather that have not had a place in defining his legacy… I am seeking them out to understand him beyond myth, fable or a singular vision of his work."
The documentary will interweave narration (the grandson's), interviews (with Mingus’ collaborators, family members and friends), and music layered over sequences.
No ETA on when the film will be officially complete, nor when/where it might premiere.
In the meantime, watch Thomas Reichman's hour-long documentary tribute to the legend below: