Cinesthesia and ANTWERP are back for another session of re-scoring short films with his signature experimental sound. Taking place in Hackney at the Hackney Picturehouse on the 16th of March, this one off event looks set to be a really interesting evening out.
For this project local musician Antwerp shall be experimenting with electroencephalography, which is a technique used to observe and study sleeping disorders and epilepsy. Frankly that sounds like a really interesting way of approaching Alice; not only because of course there is the dream connection, but also because of how experimental and exciting such a technique sounds. Intriguingly the aim of using such a technique is to ‘pull the audience on a sonic journey Alice’s state of mind’.
I’ll be interviewing Antwerp in the coming days so look out for that on here and at Cinema Chords and be sure to read on for more info on each film that’s being scored and how you can go about getting tickets!
ALICE IN WONDERLAND – 1903 – 9 mins
The first-ever film version of Lewis Carroll’s tale has recently been restored by the BFI National Archive from severely damaged materials. Made just 37 years after Lewis Carroll wrote his novel and nine years after the birth of cinema, the adaptation was directed by Cecil Hepworth and Percy Stow, and was based on Sir John Tenniel’s original illustrations. With a running time of just 12 minutes (9 of which survive), Alice in Wonderland was the longest film produced in England at that time.
THE LOVE OF ZERO – 1927 – 15 mins
Zero has an affair with another woman which ends in disaster, for she mockingly rejects him when he offers her his heart, and his adoring wife Beatrix dies. Zero is fantastically represented, wearing a steeple-crowned hat and playing on a trombone. Psychological reactions are expressed by photographic devices such as the multiplication of faces in a revolving circle, or a figure gradually receding into the distance. A musician grinding out tunes on his barrel organ is a recurrent them, emphasising the derisive element. It is an impressionistic picture, prepared mainly with paper scenery arrange in different perspectives.
GHOSTS BEFORE BREAKFAST – 1928 – 9 mins
Ghosts Before Breakfast is said to have initially been a sound film but the Nazi attempt to destroy all copies as “degenerate art” has left us only a silent version.
REBUS-FILM N. 1 – 1925 – 7 mins
Rebus-Film Nr. 1,1925, is the first of eight unusual avant-garde short animated films (which were filmed crossword puzzles) directed by Paul Leni and produced by Rebus-Film GmbH. The Leni’s films were used as an “extra” shown in two parts at the movie theatre, before and after a feature: part one gives the clues to six words in a crossword puzzle, and part two has the solution.
For more information about the screening and to book tickets please click here.
If you’re looking for more information on Antwerp go here.
And if you want to know more about Cinesthesia then just head here.