At the end of 2019, Charles Lloyd, one of the icons of contemporary jazz, gave a warmly received concert at the Pierre Boulez Saal concert hall in Berlin. The next two performances were scheduled for December 2020, but the pandemic forced the artist to change his plans. Neither the musician nor the organizers, however, wanted to leave jazz fans empty-handed: the result is an hour-long documentary about Lloyd's everyday life, shot with simple tools such as an iPhone or a portable Lumix camera by his wife, Dorothy Darr. Made on location at their home in Santa Barbara, the film is a record of Charles Lloyd's reflections on culture, loneliness, the African-American experience and heritage, with excerpts from his performances. It is also a story about artistic duty and the importance of music. I'm a composer and a reporter. I cannot turn away from what I see, says Lloyd, explaining how everyday life inspires his art. Especially in difficult and turbulent times, it is worth listening to his words. The main inspiration behind the film was Piotr Turkiewicz from the National Forum of Music, artistic director of the Jazztopad festival and curator at Pierre Boulez Saal.
Dorothy Darr is a director and producer, creator of documentaries, mostly devoted to the artistic activity of her husband, Charles Lloyd. She is also the producer of his albums and the designer of their visual elements.
1997 Charles Lloyd: Memphis is in Egypt (doc.)
2009 Ben Ingram vs. State of Mississippi (doc.)
2012 Charles Lloyd: Arrows Into Infinity (doc.)
2021 Love Longing Loss: At Home with Charles Lloyd During Isolation (doc.)