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In My Mind

Gary Hawkins, writer and director of In My Mind and instructor of screenwriting and non-fiction filmmaking, Duke University; Emily LaDue, producer of In My Mind; and Jason Moran, artistic director for jazz, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. On April 4, 2015, a special screening at the National Gallery of Art of a film from the Center for Documentary Studies (CDS) at Duke University was presented in collaboration with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. In My Mind (2010) documents jazz musician Jason Moran and The Big Bandwagon’s original interpretation of a legendary 1959 performance by Thelonious Monk. Called “a masterpiece of music documentary craft” by Slant magazine, In My Mind was written and directed by filmmaker and CDS instructor Gary Hawkins and filmed as part of his intermediate documentary filmmaking course, with students participating in the shooting. The project grew out of Moran’s residency at Duke University and CDS’s Jazz Loft Project. Hawkins, In My Mind producer Emily LaDue, and Moran introduce the film.