An Evening with Cinema 16: IIII

Cinema16 Event

Archived Event

No Longer Showing.

The Kitchen presents an evening with Cinema 16, a mixed media performance series that pairs contemporary music with short experimental films. The films selected for this program investigate turning ones' lens onto itself using tropes of paradise, love, and adventure to question how mythology is made. Hollywood musicals have capitalized on exploring a fantastical narrative of the other. Whether a montage of tropical lush landscapes in South Pacific or a shot fixed on Yul Brynner's glossy skin, interpreting the other from the Western gaze has crafted both loving and limiting storytelling. This performance will explore the retelling big screen stories with all its seductions, disappointments, freedom, and manipulations. What is an epic in a far away landscape? How do we get immersed into the language of the other?

Guiding the films will be an original score written and explored by IIII. IIII (read Four) started as a concept driven musical group consisting of 4 drummers and 2 synthesizer players. The core members of the group consist of Hisham Akira Bharoocha (Soft Circle / Boredoms), Ryan Sawyer (Lonewolf), Brian Chase (Yeah Yeah Yeahs) and Ben Vida (Soft Circle). Joining IIII is musician electronic musician Seja, who hails from Australia. Her ethereal and mysterious sound will contribute melodic elements that IIII is creating for this unique score.

The films in order are:

Migration, David Rimmer
Birds One, Frans Zwartjes
I am an Old Smoking Indian Movie Star, Henri Platt
Color Cry, Len Lye
Kachi Kachi Yama, Tadanori Yokoo
Broken Branches, Kawamoto

Cinema 16 was founded and is curated by Molly Surno. The series was named after the 1947 New York-based avant-garde film society founded by Amos and Marcia Vogel.

May 14, 9pm
Tickets $20

Music programs are made possible with support from The Amphion Foundation, Inc., Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust, The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, and The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation. Annual program support in part provided by public funds from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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