LA CITÉ DES VENTS / CITY OF THE WINDS
A film by Gilles Corre

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France 2003, 80 min., colour, OV (Englisch) w/ French ST
Format: DVD/PAL, Dolby digital 2.0

Photography: Pierre Noguès
Sound/Editing: Sylvain Luini
Interviews: Ellen Christi
Production: Doc ad Hoc, France


Portrait of Chicago´s contemporary Jazz and Improvising scene and a musical stroll across the Windy City in the company of the locally-born Jazz vocalist Ellen Christi,
in search of the Chicago sound.
With statements and concert excerpts by:
Ellen Christi, Fred Anderson, Von Freeman, Michael Zerang, Jodie Christian,
Kahil El`Zabar, Nikki Mitchell, Ken Vandermark, Tatsu Aoki, Joseph Jarman,
Leroy Jenkins, Mwata Bowden, Kaliq Woods, Ed Wilkerson, Sterling Plumpp,
Douglas Ewart, Lauren deutsch, Marguerite Horberg, Bob Koester, Neil Tesser,
John Litweiler, Charles Walton

Ellen Christi
Since the mid-seventies, Ellen Christi has steadily gained ground as an important contributor to American improvised
music and contemporary jazz. As a composer/vocalist, she has worked in varying performance venues ranging
from multi-media theatrical productions to solo vocal concerts. She has also been an active advocate in supporting
innovative performing artists through organizations that she has co-founded or directed.
Ellen has studied piano technique, composition, and arranging with Jaki Byard, the internationally acclaimed pianist/composer and a professor at the New England Conservatory of Music. She had studied the bel canto technique with Galli Campi, a coloratura singer with the Metropolitan Opera. Earlier on in her career, she studied vocal technique and movement with Jeanne Lee, an avant-garde jazz vocalist.

Ellen was one of the co-founders of New York City Artists´ Collective, a non-profit organization committed to developing creative independence for artist and fostering appreciation of visual and performing arts through educational seminars, concert productions, and record documentation/ production (N.Y.C.A.C. Records) She is also the founder of Network Records, an independent record label promoting contemporary jazz music.
Ellen has been performing and recording with musicians in the United States and Europe, among them Tom Bruno, Ray Anderson, Mark Dresser, Andrew Cyrille, Reggie Workman, Rashid Ali, Tony Scott, Ed Blackwell, William Parker, Lisa Sokolov, Jeanne Lee, Kenny Wheeler, Steve McCall, Rahn Burton, Roy Campbell, Lawrence ´Butch´ Morris, and Hans Koch, Fiorenzo Sordini, Claudio Lodati, Carlo Actis Dato, Enrico Fazio, Thomi Hirt and Pit Gutmann. Currently she is working with Joe Gallant's Illuminati, a 22-piece ensemble, performing and producing concerts with her present performing ensemble, Aliens´ Talk. She is developing a world music project with Vincent Nguini of Cameroon. And the most recent recording project is with bassist, Habib Faye and balafonist, Babacar Konate of Senegal. A great portion of her time is spent working as a producer for Bliss Corporation, a dance music production company in Torino, Italy.
Gilles Corre
Born in 1954 in Brest (France). After a PHD in Linguistics and French Literature he studied cinematography at IDHEC in Paris. Now a resident of Toulouse, Gilles Corre is an independent filmmaker, a specialist in the field of documentaries, and a photographer.

Films:

2009 Reports (film and photo) about malaria (commissioned by La Cité de Sciences for the exhibit "Epedemics")
2009 DIABETES, A DEVELOPING DISEASE
About the burden of diabetes spreading in developing countries, notably in Africa
2008 A NEW BRIDGE
About the education and training of young medics from Eastern Europe in France
2007 THIS IS NOT A GAME (Prix SCAM du meilleur documentaire, FIMAC 2007)
About the choking game
2006 SISTER TO THE FORGOTTEN and FOR A CHILD'S HEART (Prix de la meilleure communication audio- visuelle et Prix Spécial de la Réalisation, FIMAC 2006; nominated in the category Mécénat, New York Festivals 2006)
2005
THE BANK OF THE POOR (Prix du film de Mécénat, FIMAC 2005)
Microcredit in Africa
2004

IGNACE DE LOYOLA (TV France 3)

2003

LA CITÉ DES VENTS / CITY OF THE WINDS (Fipatel sélection 2003)
Portrait of the contemporary Jazz scene in Chicago

1999

FEMMES DU JAZZ/WOMEN IN JAZZ (FIPA d´or, Biarritz 2000)

1996

ALASKA BEAR, THE WOUNDED LEGEND (ARTE)
Comparison between the mythology and its reality in South East Alaska

1993 BUCAREST, GARE DU NORD / BUCHAREST, NORTH STATION (FIPA Sélection, Cannes 1993, CANAL+) About street children in Romania


Ellen Christi
Since the mid-seventies, Ellen Christi has steadily gained ground as an important contributor to American improvised music and contemporary jazz. As a composer/vocalist, she has worked in varying performance venues ranging from multi-media theatrical productions to solo vocal concerts. She has also been an active advocate in supporting innovative performing artists through organizations that she has co-founded or directed. Ellen has studied piano technique, composition, and arranging with Jaki Byard, the internationally acclaimed pianist/composer and a professor at the New England Conservatory of Music. She had studied the bel canto technique with Galli Campi, a coloratura singer with the Metropolitan Opera. Earlier on in her career, she studied vocal technique and movement with Jeanne Lee, an avant-garde jazz vocalist. Ellen was one of the co-founders of New York City Artists´ Collective, a non-profit organization committed to developing creative independence for artist and fostering appreciation of visual and performing arts through educational seminars, concert productions, and record documentation/ production (N.Y.C.A.C. Records) She is also the founder of Network Records, an independent record label promoting contemporary jazz music. Ellen has been performing and recording with musicians in the United States and Europe, among them Tom Bruno, Ray Anderson, Mark Dresser, Andrew Cyrille, Reggie Workman, Rashid Ali, Tony Scott, Ed Blackwell, William Parker, Lisa Sokolov, Jeanne Lee, Kenny Wheeler, Steve McCall, Rahn Burton, Roy Campbell, Lawrence ´Butch´ Morris, and Hans Koch, Fiorenzo Sordini, Claudio Lodati, Carlo Actis Dato, Enrico Fazio, Thomi Hirt and Pit Gutmann. Currently she is working with Joe Gallant's Illuminati, a 22-piece ensemble, performing and producing concerts with her present performing ensemble, Aliens´ Talk. She is developing a world music project with Vincent Nguini of Cameroon. And the most recent recording project is with bassist, Habib Faye and balafonist, Babacar Konate of Senegal. A great portion of her time is spent working as a producer for Bliss Corporation, a dance music production company in Torino, Italy.
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