Nat Hentoff Documentary Opens This Month

Critic and political commentator championed many jazz greats

The Pleasures Of Being Out of Step: Notes on the Life of Nat Hentoff, a documentary film on the legendary jazz critic-he was a longtime JazzTimes columnist-and political journalist, will open June 25 in New York at the IFC Center and July 4 in Los Angeles at Laemmle Theatres. The film, directed by David L. Lewis, features music by Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, John Coltrane and Charles Mingus, each among the many artists Hentoff championed and befriended.

The film includes conversations with Hentoff, plus commentary and perspective from Amiri Baraka, Stanley Crouch, Floyd Abrams, Aryeh Neier and Dan Morgenstern, along with never-before-seen photographs and archival footage of these artists and other cultural figures.