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(Published: May 02, 2017)

Movie goers and jazz music lovers all over North Carolina have been passionately waiting for the first North Carolina screening of the much-talked-about, heavily promoted, internationally-acclaimed movie, "I Called Him Morgan" (www.icalledhimmorgan.com). Well, now the wait is over. It will be shown in Asheville, North Carolina, beginning on May 5, 2017, at Grail Movie House (www.grailmoviehouse.com), 45 South French Broad Avenue, Suite 130, Asheville, North Carolina. The superb documentary, parts of which were filmed in North Carolina, is about the life and death of the jazz trumpet legend Lee Morgan and his wife, Helen, who killed him at a New York City club called Slug's in 1972. It is directed by the excellent, very thorough, Swedish filmmaker Kasper Collin, who also directed the film "My Name Is Albert Ayler" (2006).

"I Called Him Morgan," called "a suave and poignant documentary" by The New York Times and "one of the great films about jazz," "brilliant," and "dazzling" by reviewers, is a story about redemption. It vividly describes the relationship between the very gifted, drug addicted Lee Morgan and his common-law wife, Helen Morgan, a North Carolina native, who moved to New York City, at age 19, in 1945. Helen, who was 13 years older than Lee, met him in the early 1960s, when he was at a low point in his stellar career. She helped him get rid of his heroin habit and by the late-1960s, was his mate and manager. Eventually, their lives together began to turn for the worse, leading to his death at the age of 33 years-old. The swift-moving, revealing film tells the Frankie and Johnnie type tale in a non-Hollywood way that most people who view it find refreshing and keenly different.

The May 6. 2017, Asheville, North Carolina screening, at Grail Movie House, will include a question and answer session, with author/radio announcer, Larry Reni Thomas, who is featured in "I Called Him Morgan." Thomas interviewed Helen Morgan in February 1996, a month before her death in Wilmington, North Carolina. The taped interview, parts of which are played throughout the film, has been called ‘the backbone" of the movie. Larry, who attended the international premiere in September 2016, at The Toronto International Film Festival, in Toronto, Canada, as well as the USA premiere in October 2016, at The New York Film Festival, at Lincoln Center, New York City, will discuss his part in documentary and take questions about his experience in the making of the film, which is being distributed nationwide and worldwide by Submarine Deluxe Entertainment. Larry Reni Thomas is also the author of "The Lady Who Shot Lee Morgan" (KHA Books).

For more information about the screening of "I Called Him Morgan" at Grail Movie House, 45 South French Broad Avenue, Suite 130, Asheville, North Carolina, call: (828) 239-9392 or go to: www.grailmoviehouse.com

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