Mary Ellen-Bute <em>Polka Graph</em> 1947 film still. Courtesy of the Center for Visual Music

Mary Ellen-Bute Polka Graph 1947 film still. Courtesy of the Center for Visual Music

Curator's talk: Frank Stark on Syncopated Cinema

  • Sat 11 Jun 2016
  • 1—2:30PM
  • Len Lye Centre Cinema
  • Free entry
  • Booking essential
  • Free entry tickets will be re-allocated to waiting customers five minutes after screening start time
  • Hearing loop provided for the hearing impaired
  • Wheelchair spaces available. Free entry for a companion to assist an audience member who has a disability. Companion seat is automatically allocated when a wheelchair space is booked
  • Rating: Exempt
  • * WARNING flashing imagery

After a screening of Projection Series #3: Syncopated Cinema, the curator Frank Stark talks about the relationship between music and experimental film.

Short experimental films by Mary Ellen-Bute, Oskar Fischinger, Jordan Belson, Evelyn Lambert, Len Lye and Norman McLaren.

From its very beginnings 120 years ago, film has used music to help tell stories. Before the talkies, live performers accompanied screenings and even then the first talkie - 'the Jazz Singer' - was a musical. Experimental film makers have worked closely with music and musicians for almost as long.  

The films in this programme feature a mix of musical collaboration and inspiration in films by Jordan Belson, Mary Ellen Bute, Oskar Fischinger, Evelyn Lambart, Len Lye, Norman McLaren and Barry Spinello. These artists found a perfect accompaniment for their direct film experiments in jazz and chamber music, often working with composers to achieve a dynamic synthesis of the two forms - visual music.

Curated by Frank Stark, former director of the New Zealand Film Archive


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