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Mo’ Better Blues – smARTfilms: Celluloid Jazz Quartet
Past Event

Join us for four weeks of films featuring jazz as part of the 2021 Within/Earshot Jazz Festival.

FEATURED FILM – Mo’ Better Blues

1999 | 2h10m | R

Denzel Washington stars as fictional jazz trumpeter Bleek Gilliam in this Spike Lee film centering on the rivalry between Gilliam and saxophonist Shadow Henderson (played by Wesley Snipes).

Bleek Gilliam is a talented and self-centred jazz trumpeteer, whose single-minded concentration on his music leaves many, especially the women in his life, scrambling for his attention. Bleek forms his own band The Bleek Gilliam Quartet, and a rivalry emerges with bandmate Shadow that threatens to tear apart the quartet.


smARTfilm series offers two film showings each day!

Matinee: 3pm
Evening: 7pm


Series Passes – $30 Member | $36 Non-Member
See all four films for the price of three!
Series pass holders are entitled to attend one showing per film (four total showings per series pass). Series pass holders can use their pass at their choice of either the matinee or evening showing for each film. Simply show up at your desired showing and we’ll check you off our list!
To purchase a series pass for all films, CLICK HERE!

Individual Tickets – $10 Member | $12 Non-Member
For tickets to individual films, check out the event pages below.


BIMA requires proof of full COVID-19 vaccination for all attendees of programs held in the Frank Buxton Auditorium or BIMA Classroom. Masks are required for all attendees regardless of vaccination status. Learn more about this policy here.