On a snowy night in 1972, at the legendary East Village jazz club Slugs' Saloon, Helen Morgan shot and killed her husband, the great jazz trumpet star Lee Morgan. Lee, a celebrated hard bop musician who'd recorded with Coltrane and Blakey, was just 33. The news shocked the jazz community, particularly those who knew Helen. In I Called Him Morgan, director Kaspar Collin (My Name is Albert Ayler) draws from a remarkable post-incarceration audio interview with Helen, as well as testimony from the Morgans' friends, to explore both their lives and the music. I Called Him Morgan features cinematography from the Oscar-nominated Bradford Young (Arrival, Selma).
"An exquisitely haunted meditation. One of the great films about jazz." (Alan Scherstuhl, Village Voice)