Monday, August 8, 2011

Red Hook Cine Soiree - August 6, 2011

Another summer afternoon, and another Red Hook Cine Soiree.

The films and filmmakers were Cet Air La by Marie Losier, Summer Reading, pt 1 (When We Were Witches) by Jeanne Liotta, Eros c'est Lamour by Bradley Eros and Tim Geraghty, Portrait #2: Trojan by Vanessa Renwick, and a special screening of Entr'acte by Rene Clair, Francis Picabia, and Erik Satie with live soundtrack by Joel Schlemowitz's Krupnik Orchestra.


The "live soundtrack by Joel Schlemowitz's Krupnik Orchestra" consisted of instruments handed out to the audience to provide a live score.  A highly improvised undertaking, albeit with some conducting to indicate various cues in the film.  It's not the first time that an audience was given out instruments to make music for a film score: I recall a wonderful evening at Issue Project Room with The Parasitic Fantasy Band, which included one piece where Sam Hamilton handed out hand-percussion instruments, bells, and chimes to the audience members as part of the "live ephemeral expanded cinema and ecstatic 16mm/8mm film and sound performances."  The experience was a low tech version of "surround sound" -- the tinkling sounds emanating from everywhere around the room.

Of course the auditory results of little hand-percussion instruments are much different than what you get from our orchestra's array of instruments: a trombone, a french horn, a bugle, crash cymbals, a banjo, melodicas, flutes, drums, and various other highly noisy things.  A little video excerpt of the musical mayhem is posted below.

And later on, as the afternoon thunderstorms arrived, drinks at Sunny's.

Filmmaker websites:
Jeanne Liotta -
Marie Losier -
Oregon Department of Kick Ass : Vanessa Renwick, Filmmaker -
Joel Schlemowitz -


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