In this haunting and poignant documentary, Kasper Collin examines the life of jazz artist Lee Morgan and his common-law wife Helen, a tragic couple better known for Helen’s murder of Morgan than their influential contribution to the New York Jazz scene. The incident in 1972 shook the jazz world and deprived Jazz music of one of its brightest lights. Collin’s film investigates the troubled couple, their personal and professional relationships, and further questions if we will ever have the answer to the mystery that surrounds the case.

An intricate double portrait woven together from archive footage, rare interviews with Helen Morgan and set to Morgan’s haunting music, »I Called Him Morgan« effectively transports its audience back to a bygone age in America when jazz was the nation’s soundtrack. This emotional rollercoaster of a documentary delves into the lives of a couple whose relationship was both incredibly public, and yet also shrouded in secrecy.

I Called Him Morgan is photographed by Bradford Young (Selma Arrival), and during the autumn the film has been acclaimed at festivals in Venice, Telluride, Toronto and New York.

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I Called Him Morgan
Kasper Collin
United States, Sweden
92 min
Documentary Competition
Premiere status
Nordic Premiere
Production year
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