Press Release | UnSilent Cinema

August 18, 2017 Los Angeles Download

CONTACT: Darren Gold & Ashley Tom, The Rose Group

WHAT: UnSilent Cinema

WHERE: FIGat7th Plaza

DATE: September 28 & 29

TIME: 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

PRESENTER: Arts Brookfield

COST: FREE, no tickets or reservations required


UnSilent Cinema follows up last year’s success with feature length silent films and female artists Juana Molina and Julia Holter performing the World Premieres of their original scores on September 28 & 29.

Los Angeles, CA August 18, 2017 – 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’s 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 premier scores written and performed by two 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 Sarah Lipstate, who performs under the moniker Noveller and recently toured Europe and the US with Iggy Pop.

UnSilent Cinema is produced by Arts Brookfield, the cultural arm of global real estate corporation Brookfield Property Partners, Martin Fleischmann of Rum & Humble, and David Spelman of the New York Guitar Festival (NYGF).

“Arts Brookfield is committed to providing unique and accessible  experiences for the downtown Los Angeles community,” says Bert Dezzutti, Executive Vice President of the Western Region for Brookfield Office Properties. “We are excited to collaborate with Rum & Humble and David Spelman again to produce UnSilent Cinema, especially with this year’s strong female leads across both film and music.”

“The sonic range of this year’s women composers dovetails with the ineffable mysteries of the central female characters on-screen. It’s a correspondence of sound waves with emotional journeys depicted in silence — imbuing a voice to the voiceless, as it were,” says Spelman.

Visit FIGat7th for this special, two-day event on September 28 & 29. Come early for an outdoor drink at TASTE Courtyard along with a variety of great dinner options from all the eateries at FIGat7th. Picnicking is encouraged and blankets provided while supplies last. DJs spin at 7:00 p.m. with performances and screenings at 8:00 p.m on the FIGat7th Plaza.

UnSilent Cinema is free and open to the public as part of Arts Brookfield’s mission to bring Brookfield’s public spaces to life through visual and performing arts. No tickets or reservations required. Seating is limited and is first come, first served.


Thursday, September 28: Juana Molina, scoring The Goddess (WORLD PREMIERE)

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 200by 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.

The Goddess, depicts a story of a young woman who fights to provide a better life and education for her son while facing prostitution, assault, crime, and social injustice in China.

Friday, September 29: Julia Holter, scoring The Passion of Joan of Arc (WORLD PREMIERE)

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 admist a backdrop of eclectic mixes.

In The Passion of Joan of Arc, female lead character Jeanne d’Arc is on trial for claiming she had spoken to God. Subjected to inhumane treatment at the hands of church court officials, she refuses to recant what she believes and is brutally executed, earning her perpetual martyrdom.

For more information about Arts Brookfield and UnSilent Cinema, visit this link.

About Arts Brookfield

Arts Brookfield presents exciting, world-class cultural experiences to thousands of people for free each year in both indoor and outdoor public spaces at Brookfield’s premier office properties in New York, Los Angeles, Denver, Houston, Toronto, Perth and Sydney. From concerts, theater and dance to film screenings and art exhibitions, Arts Brookfield brings public spaces to life. Visit for a complete schedule of events.

About FIGat7th

FIGat7th, located at the intersection of South Figueroa and 7th Street, is downtown LA’s premier shopping and dining destination and a major player in the revitalization of downtown Los Angeles. FIGat7th continues to announce and open the city’s most sought-after fashion retailers and chef-driven dining options in the region. Go to to schedule your visit.

About Our Partners

Rum & Humble is a Los Angeles based concert production firm, curating music for the Santa Monica Pier and the Hollywood Bowl. For over 20 years, CEO Martin Fleischmann has played a key role in presenting some of the world’s most celebrated artists to audiences in one of the most competitive live music markets in the United States. Fleischmann has developed a “core aesthetic” based on presenting the highest quality talent in settings that encourage an alchemical experience between artist and audience.

David Spelman is a curator and music producer working in recordings, films, and live events. Best known as the artistic director of the New York Guitar Festival, he’s also widely acclaimed as an artistic advisor and guest curator for music festivals, museums, and performing arts centers in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Australia. Unsilent Cinema started at the New York Guitar Festival’s Silent Films/Live Guitars series, which has commissioned outstanding musicians to compose and perform scores to accompany classic and poignant silent films since 2004.

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