10/8/2009- CINEMA 16

In an era when movies are often reduced to the solitary screens of laptops and iPods, the acclaimed Cinema 16 series offers a true revival of the medium. Pairing obscure vintage film programs with live scores composed and performed by specially chosen musicians, Cinema 16 recreates the shared experience and awe of the 1920's silent film era.

The Thursday, October 8th edition will be housed in one of New York's grandest venues, the decadent Gramercy Park Player's Club. Admission and cocktails will be complimentary, courtesy of Drambuie, the fabled Scotch whisky liqueur.

The program includes:

* A sequence from Bugsy Berkeley's Gold Diggers of 1935, Lullaby of Broadway, a harrowing tale of Depression-era Manhattan nightlife that conveys the decadence, hope, and failures of big-city dreams
* Une Nuit Sur Le Mont Chauve: a short piece on mayhem and horror, produced by Alexander Alexeieff using pin-screen animation
* A mixed-media masterpiece by Japanese stop-motion animator Kihachiro Kawamoto, about an interrupted day at a dog race
* RIP, a two-minute piece of mind-bending film by contemporary experimental filmmaker Joel Schlemowitz
* A ten-minute excerpt from Sergei Eisenstein's Mexican Footage of 1931

Joseph Keckler, a performance artist, writer, and classically trained singer whose work has been produced at The New Museum and SF MoMA, will score these five sensational and ominous short films to inaugurate the first installment of the five Drambuie-sponsored Cinema 16 soirees across the US.

Dan Bartfield, a classically trained violinist and electronic music composer, will accompany Joseph in the soundtrack which employs voice, text, piano and violin, and borrows from artists including Ysaye and Bessie Smith. The Cinema 16 series is curated by its founder Molly Surno, who is based in Brooklyn, NY.

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