A study of music as cultural identity. The narrative is contrived and the story wandering, but that's not really what's going on here.
This is about Jazz. And the presentation of jazz as a cinematic language in this movie is breathtaking. On every technical front this film is stunning. The art direction, photography, editing, sound mixing and overall directorial vision are astounding, especially considering the budget ($13,000+).
It's packed with images and music that take your breath away, capturing perfectly the power of jazz and its role in the fight for equality. To think that this was Larry Clark's UCLA thesis is just mind-blowing.
It's sad we only have three films from him. This is really more of an artistic document of a movement, a people, and a music than it is a movie, but as such, it's spectacular.