SATURDAY MATINÉE: Sun Ra's Space Is The Place

Sun Ra’s Space Is The Place is our Saturday Matinée feature presentation this week.

If you’re astute, you’ll know where our slogan originally came from. If not, allow me to explain. Infamous and influential jazz musician Sun Ra made a film called Space Is The Place, an 82-minute film filmed in 1972 and released in 1974. It was directed by John Coney, written by Sun Ra and features Sun Ra and his Arkestra on the soundtrack. The cult film has many metaphors and undertones denoting racial issues of the time, many of which were the subject of controversy in the blaxploitation films of the time.

While this film isn’t styled in the same way as others of that genre, it shares many of the same features and it’s definitely something worth watching if you’re interested in black culture, jazz music, Sun Ra or anything in between.

Stream it below.

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