The Pleasures of Being Out of Step
“The Pleasures of Being Out of Step” profiles legendary jazz critic and civil libertarian Nat Hentoff, whose career tracks the greatest cultural and political movements of the last 65 years, including the creation of “alternative” journalism at the Village Voice. Brought to life through powerful narration by actor Andre Braugher, the film celebrates the idea of free expression as the defining characteristic of the individual. With a mix of interviews, archival footage, and music, “Pleasures” employs a complex non-linear structure to engage the audience in a life of independent ideas. At the core of the film are three extraordinarily intimate interviews with Hentoff, shot by award-winning cinematographer Tom Hurwitz. The film also includes interviews with Floyd Abrams, Amiri Baraka, Stanley Crouch, Dan Morgenstern, Karen Durbin, Margot Hentoff, and John Gennari, and features original music by Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Bob Dylan, and Charles Mingus.