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UnSilent Cinema

Juana Molina, Julia Holter, Noveller film, music

September 28, 2017 - September 29, 2017


7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

FIGat7th
Parking available at FIGat7th for $5 with validation after 4 pm
735 S. Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90017

7 PM: DJ Set on FIGat7th Plaza

8 PM: Screenings & live show on FIGat7th Plaza

In a two-night production, the not-so-silent silver screen is returning to downtown Los Angeles to excite the senses at UnSilent Cinema. The outdoor event will take over downtown Los Angeles’s premier shopping and dining destination, FIGat7th, to showcase classic silent films brought to life by contemporary live scores.

Bridging early 20th century film masterpieces to present day contemporary music culture, this year’s UnSilent Cinema is inspired by female-focused music and film. Two full-length features with strong female leads have been paired with world premiere scores written and performed by top female musicians.

Screening on Thursday, September 28 is The Goddess (1934, directed by Wu Yonggang), with Argentinian singer and songwriter, Juana Molina, performing an original score written specially for UnSilent Cinema. On Friday, September 29, The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928, directed by Carl Theodor Dreyer) will be screened with a unique performance by American singer, songwriter and artist Julia Holter. Both showings open with a live set by composer and filmmaker Noveller, who recently toured Europe and the US with Iggy Pop.

UnSilent Cinema is presented by Arts Brookfield and produced by Martin Fleischmann of Rum & Humble and David Spelman of the New York Guitar Festival (NYGF).

Picnicking is encouraged and blankets provided while supplies last. UnSilent Cinema is free and open to the public. Seating is limited and is first come, first served.

 

SCHEDULE:

September 28: JUANA MOLINA scoring The Goddess (WORLD PREMIERE)

Opening act by NOVELLER scoring her own short film

DJ Set by Garth Trinidad of KCRW

Based in Buenos Aires, Juana Molina is recognized worldwide as the darling of the international indie/electronic/folk scene. Her single, Tres Cosas was placed in the ͞Top Ten Records of 2004 by The New York Times, and has been championed by the likes of David Byrne and Will Oldham. Molina’s music is highly unique and personal, featuring elements of folk along with ambient electronica.

Noveller is the solo electric guitar project of Brooklyn-based composer and filmmaker Sarah Lipstate. Handling the guitar as her muse, Lipstate summons a sonic palette so rich as to challenge the listener to conceive of how it’s housed in a single instrument manipulated by a solitary performer.

Featuring a powerful performance by Chinese cinema superstar Ruan Lingyu, The Goddess (1934, Wu Yonggang) is a tragic tale of shame and maternal sacrifice. Lingyu plays a prostitute who sells herself on the bustling, neon-lit streets of Shanghai to provide for herself and her infant son. The difficult life of our heroine is reflected in her dealings with anonymous clients while living in a sordid apartment where she endures the annoying and often threatening company of her pimp as she tries to raise her child. Knowing that a good education is essential for her son so that he may have a better chance in life, she sacrifices herself for her child’s happiness when the dean of his school considers expelling him due to pressure from judgemental neighbors.

September 29: JULIA HOLTER scoring The Passion of Joan of Arc (WORLD PREMIERE)

Opening act by NOVELLER scoring her own short film

DJ Set by Raul Campos of KCRW

Julia Holter creates intimate, radiant ballads that convey love, trust, and power in human relationships. Holter’s most recent album, Have You In My Wilderness, is a collection of multi-layered and texturally rich songs, featuring an array of electronic and acoustic instruments played by an ensemble of gifted Los Angeles musicians. She is known for her unique sound where her voice lifts over layers of smeared, hazy effects, putting her vocals front and center amidst a backdrop of eclectic mixes.

Noveller is the solo electric guitar project of Brooklyn-based composer and filmmaker Sarah Lipstate. Handling the guitar as her muse, Lipstate summons a sonic palette so rich as to challenge the listener to conceive of how it’s housed in a single instrument manipulated by a solitary performer.

The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928, Carl Theodor Dreyer) is a silent French film based on the actual transcripts of the trial of Joan of Arc, summarizing the time she was a captive of England and depicting her subsequent trial and execution. The film is widely regarded as a landmark of cinema for its production style, Dreyer’s direction, and Renée Jeanne Falconetti’s performance as Joan of Arc, which is considered to be one of the finest in cinema history. Dreyer’s final version of the film was cut down due to pressure from the Archbishop of Paris and from government censors. In 1981, a film print of Dreyer’s final cut was discovered in a mental institution in Oslo, Norway and re-released to major critical acclaim.