Themes including immigration, and income and gender inequality are timeless, and so is the popularity of such early movie stars as Charlie Chaplin.
Silent Films/Live Music series is curated by WNYC’s John Schaefer.
As many as three short films are shown each night, over three nights, Wednesday, Jan. 22 to Friday, Jan. 24, at the Winter Garden glass atrium in Brookfield Place.
The series kicks off with the world premiere of Alice Guy-Blaché’s The Consequences of Feminism accompanied by the sounds of Brooklyn-based bassist, Alexis Cuadrado.
Another evening offers the world premiere of Frankenstein featuring a new score by Vernon Reid.
GoGo Penguins concludes the series with the New York premiere of Godrey Reggio’s Koyaanisqatsi.
There’s also FREE popcorn, while supplies last.
Curator John Schaefer describes the films this way:
” … these films, some of them over a century old, are still relevant today. This of course is the property of art, to transcend the time in which it was made. But it’s also a measure of how the themes in these movies keep recurring through the years.
Alexis Cuadrado has chosen films that deal with immigration (Chaplin’s The Immigrant), income inequality (The Land Beyond The Sunset), and gender roles (in two very short films by Alice Guy-Blache, the first female director).
Vernon Reid became fascinated by the theme of “the other” – a theme that has long manifested itself in horror stories, so he’s chosen the 1910 version of Frankenstein, the short American film The Fall Of The House of Usher, and the remarkable Tod Browning masterpiece The Unknown. … Finally, the UK trio GoGo Penguin has re-scored a contemporary silent film classic,
Godfrey Reggio’s Koyaanisqatsi. Originally created with Kennedy Center award winner composer Philip Glass (whose score is one of his best-known works), Koyaanisqatsi deals with mankind’s questionable stewardship of the earth, and the choices we’ve made with regard to technology.”