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Silent Films/Live Music

Curated by John Schaefer as part of WNYC’s New Sounds Live Series film, music

February 17, 2015 - February 20, 2015

8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Brookfield Place New York (BFPL)
230 Vesey Street
New York, NY 10821

Arts Brookfield brings back the acclaimed Silent Films/Live Music series, curated by John Schaefer as part of WNYC’s annual New Sounds Live program. Experience two unforgettable evenings of contemporary and classic silent film screenings accompanied by live music! The avant-rock band SQÜRL (Jim Jarmusch and Carter Logan) handpicked four silent films by the legendary Man Ray, and then created original scores for these performances. Their curated soundscape will breathe new life into these vintage shorts. This evening alternates with the award-winning silent hit Blancanieves based on the “Snow White” fairy tale, written and directed by acclaimed Spanish director Pablo Berger in 2012. Alfonso Vilallonga’s original soundtrack will be performed by the composer himself along with the acclaimed new-music ensemble Wordless Music Orchestra. Set in a romantic version of 1920’s Andalusia, the silent black-and-white fantasy swept the 2013 Gaudí awards (known as the Spanish Oscars) winning Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actress, and Best Catalan-Language Film, among others, and was one of the year’s most popular films in Spain.

We invited passersby to create their own silent film at Brookfield Place on Friday, February 13th in anticipation for the Silent Films/Live Music series.
You can view all the short videos by clicking here.

Tuesday, February 17 & Thursday, February 19, 2015 at 8:00pm:

Running time is approximately 1 hour.

Four films by Man Ray, selected by SQÜRL (Jim Jarmusch and Carter Logan):

Retour a la Raison (1923)
Emak Bakia (1926)
Les Mysteres Du Chateau Du De (1929)
L’Etoile De Mer (1928)


© Man Ray Trust / Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY / ADAGP, Paris 2014


World-premiere scores composed and performed by SQÜRL (Jim Jarmusch and Carter Logan)


Wednesday, February 18 & Friday, February 20, 2015 at 8:00pm:

Running time is approximately 1 hour 45 min.

Blancanieves (2012)

Written and Directed by Pablo Berger

Score Composed by Alfonso Vilallonga


Performed by Wordless Music Orchestra with Alfonso Vilallonga

Ryan McAdams, conductor

Alfonso Vilallonga, accordion/ukulele/banjo

Julian Koster, musical saw


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