Movie: I Called Him Morgan

Wednesday, October 11, 2017
7:00 PM
City of Asylum @ Alphabet City
40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15212


Sneak Preview to the 9th Annual Film Festival


Discussion Leader: K Mensah Wali, Kente Arts Alliance

“One of the most spell-binding, unconventional movie-related documentaries ever made.”  – Gary Giddens, Telluride Film Festival

Official Selection, 60th Monterey Jazz Festival, 2017

Official Selection, 73rd Venice International Film Festival 2016

Official Trailer           Official Website

Director, Scriptwriter, Producer: Kasper Collin         

Year:  2016   Genre: Documentary       Length:  91 Minutes

Country: Sweden/USA      Languages:  English


On a snowy night in February 1972, the 33-year-old jazz trumpet star Lee Morgan was shot dead by his common-law wife, Helen, during a gig at a club in New York City. The murder sent shockwaves through the jazz community, and the memory of the event still haunts the people who knew the Morgans. Helen served time for the crime and, following her release, retreated into obscurity. Over 20 years later, a chance encounter led her to give a remarkable interview. Helen’s revealing audio “testimony” acts as a refrain throughout the film, which draws together a wealth of archival photographs and footage, notable talking heads and incredible jazz music to tell the ill-fated pair’s story. Part true-crime tale, part love story, and an all-out musical treat, I CALLED HIM MORGAN is a stirring tribute to two unique personalities and the music that brought them together. A film by Swedish filmmaker Kasper Collin. Featuring cinematography by Oscar-nominated DoP Bradford Young (Selma, Arrival).