Ella Fitzgerald: Just One of Those Things

1 Hr. 30 Min.


$12 for 72 hour rental/50% of proceeds support MKE Film


Ella Fitzgerald was a 15 year-old street kid when she won a talent contest in 1934 at the Apollo Theatre in Harlem. Within months she was a star. Ella Fitzgerald: Just One of Those Things follows her extraordinary journey over six decades as her sublime voice transforms the tragedies of her own life and the troubles of her times into joy.

The film uses never-before-seen images and unheard interviews to bring Ella Fitzgerald to life and to tell the story of her music. - a black woman who makes her career in the face of horrifying racism.

Here is an Ella the world never knew – tough, thoughtful, funny, a dazzling musical innovator. The film also uncovers Ella’s commitment to the battle for Civil Rights; and it explores the conflicts that always haunted this intensely private woman: the struggle to reconcile her hunger for adoring audiences with her longing for a domestic life with her husband and son. At a time when she was the biggest singing star in the world, her pianist and friend Oscar Peterson said Ella was “the loneliest woman in the world”. But as Jamie Cullum says “her music is one of the reasons it’s worth being on this planet”.


FREE Q&A on Sunday, June 28, at 6 p.m. CST, featuring producer Reggie Nadelson and renowned author and music critic Will Friedwald. Patrons just need to register (and be encouraged to view the film before or just after!)

Will Friedwald is one of the nation's most pre-eminent music journalists. He writes about music and pop culture for The Wall Street Journal and Vanity Fair among other publications, in addition to reviewing current shows for Citiview.

Reggie Nadelson is a producer of the film and writes a column for The New York Times called "The 212" about the things that make New York wonderful.


All About MKE Film

Milwaukee Film is a nonprofit arts organization dedicated to entertaining, educating, and engaging our community through cinematic experiences. We operate the magnificent Oriental Theatre, a historic cinema palace committed to high-quality and accessible film and education programming. Since 2009, the annual Milwaukee Film Festival has brought together film fans and filmmakers to celebrate the power of cinema. Our education programs and Cultures and Communities platform provide avenues toward making our community a more empathetic and equitable place for everyone to live.

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