Women In Animation Chicago Chapter

Monday, September 15, 2008

Early Animation Screening with live music

Chicago Cinema Forum presents
Early Silent Films with Musical Live Accompaniment

Wednesday, September 17
Doors at 7pm / Films at 8pm

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Films by Georges Méliès, Edwin S. Porter, R W Paul and Lotte Reiniger

Music by Jeff Parker (of Tortoise) and Shannon Harris

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1444 W. Chicago

Doors at 7pm / Films at 8pm / $8 Cover

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"Magic in Cinema"

Since Spielberg and Lucas gave birth to the modern blockbuster in the late-70s, mainstream cinema has been addicted to special effects. These days, CGI (computer-generated imagery) is ubiquitous, and the drive to create ever-more "credible" illusions seems so often to be the contemporary blockbuster's ultimate raison d'être.

Yet special effects--or rather the use of magic in all its forms--have been a crucial aspect of cinema since its infancy at the turn of the 20th century. "Magic in Cinema" will showcase some of the most mystical and mesmerizing moments in early film history with a selection of films (1896-1905) by Georges Méliès, the first wizard of cinema, a recently restored print of Lotte Reinger's animated film "The Adventures of Prince Achmed" (1926), Edwin S. Porter's "Dream of a Rarebit Fiend" (1906), R W Paul's surreal "The ? Motorist" (1906) and other equally mystifying celluloid treats.

Music for Reiniger's "Prince Achmed" will be composed and performed by guitarist Jeff Parker of Tortoise. The scores for the Méliès, Porter and R W Paul films will be composed and played by producer/musician Shannon Harris. They each, individually, will score new compositions and perform them live for the first time. Both sections are approximately 1 hour with a short break in-between.

Curated by Gabe Klinger

Films Selected by Joe Bryl

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Filmmaker & musician bios and more information at www.chicagocinemaforum.org

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