Fabulous Festival of Fringe Film 2011

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Friday, July 29, 9:00pm
The Quilt Barn

by Myke Dyer
For 2011 we return to the magic of the Quilt Barn to present another silent film with live musical accompaniment. Germany had just emerged from the impact of the First World War. The Great Depression that was to throw everything into chaos was still over the horizon, and Hitler was little more than a provincial rabble rouser who collected more ridicule than followers. This is the setting in which we view Berlin: Symphony of a Great City by Walter Ruttmann.

A document of a day in the life of Germany’s most liberal and progressive city, the film weaves together images of everday life - trains moving in to the city, people rushing to work, phone lines criss-crossing the sky - in to a collage of rhythm, beauty and abstract art. The cityscape and the people, each with their own unexlpained narratives, are caught by Ruttmann’s camera and released to continue their lives.

Boar Attack
The year was 1927, and at about the same time another great European capitol was bieng filmed. Dziga Vertov’s Man With the Movie Camera captures metropolitan life in Moscow and other Soviet cities. Both films push the notion of narrative storytelling through quick cutting and avant garde styling. But when we view both films now, knowing of these cities’ intertwined horrific destinies, the parallels between the two films become a foreshadowing of what will come, not what has been.

Creating and performing the score for Berlin is a local group of musicians. The Silent Film Ensemble, based in Owen Sound, compose original post-modern soundtracks for Silent Era films using classical instruments and contemporary electronics. Their approach originates from a single collective viewing of the film, from which they draw narrative and dramatic themes, changing them into musical analogues.  A soundtrack will take a period of several weeks or months to prepare.  All of the music is original and composed entirely by the group.  It may be strictly scored, or freely improvised, or a combination of both.

They have written for and performed their own music to Carl Dreyer’s Passion of Joan of Arc, F. W. Murnau’s Faust, Charlie Chaplin’s The Kid and City Lights, and Nanook of the North. Since it’s inception in 2008, the SFE has composed over 12 hours of original music and performed to nearly a thousand people. They have performed in theatres, bookstores, and the outdoors. Their performances combine violin, synthesizer, piano, and laptop to home-made instruments, cello, electric guitar, and operatic vocals. Director Joshua Richardson (electronics) brings together an eclectic group of classical musicians to compose and play their original soundtracks, evoking the emotions and images of the past, interpreted in the present.

 

 

Andrew McPherson of Eccodek
The Silent Film Ensemble (Sophia Lemon)