#223. A Man Called Adam, March, 2014. Adam Johnson is a talented African-American jazz trumpeter, plagued by ill health, racism, alcoholism and a short temper, as well as guilt over the deaths years before of his wife and child. His relationships with his girlfriend Claudia, fellow musicians and agents are tumultuous at best. The film showcases some of the celebrated jazz musician of the day.
He is perhaps the best-known face of any native american, star of films including Flags of Our Fathers, Windtalkers, Smoke Signals and Cowboys & Aliens, as well as dozens of television roles. It could all go to one’s head, but Adam Beach (Saulteaux of the Dog Creek First Nation of Canada) remains bonded to his Indian brotherhood and Native values.