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Music Films and Documentaries

Sun Ra: A Joyful Noise

Now on Blu-ray and DVD from MVD Visual


"Trying to cover all there is to say about this most flamboyantly unique artist is a daunting task, especially in an hour, but Robert Mugge's A Joyful Noise does a darned good job. More personal portrait than actual comprehensive musical documentary, it presents a good range of Ra's many musical moods"
-  Michael Shore, Music Video: A Consumer Guide

2008 SUN RA: A JOYFUL NOISE named one of the 50 Greatest Music Films Ever by Time Out London.
2014 Lavelle Porter discusses Sun Ra and SUN RA:  A JOYFUL NOISE on the 100th anniversary of Sun Ra’s birth (May 22, 2014).

"The flashy costumes and wild music made the Sun Ra Arkestra a natural for film, and while there are several documentaries (and one very strange feature film) about Ra and his organization, no filmmaker captured the essence of the group as well as Robert Mugge in his 1980 film, “A Joyful Noise”, newly released in a splendid restoration by MVD Visual."
-  Thomas Cunniffe, Jazz History Online

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The film's 1980 world premiere screening