Thursday, May 18, 2017 9:30pm

On a snowy night in February 1972, legendary jazz trumpeter 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, interviews with friends and bandmates 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 chronicle of the dramatic destinies of two unique personalities and the music that brought them together. Featuring cinematography by Oscar-nominated DP Bradford Young (SELMA, ARRIVAL).


Venice Film Festival

Telluride Film Festival

Toronto International Film Festival

New York Film Festival

BFI London Film Festival 


Community Partner:


Kasper Collin

I CALLED HIM MORGAN is Kasper Collin’s second feature film. He directed the documentary MY NAME IS ALBERT AYLER (2006), which was theatrically released in the UK and US in 2007 and 2008 and was exceptionally well received. Sight & Sound said the film was “a triumph… turning Ayler’s short turbulent life into compelling narrative,” while The New Yorker praised it as "remarkable… offers magical moments of a madeleine-like power…a cause for rejoicing” and JazzTimes dubbed the title “one of the most starkly beautiful and moving documentaries ever made about a jazz musician.” Kasper currently lives in Gothenburg and runs his own production company. He has worked as a producer for other filmmakers and was chairman of the Independent Filmmakers Organization in Sweden between 2009 and 2014. He has a degree in Culture and Film Studies from Gothenburg University and has been working in film and television since the mid-1990s.