Hot Club of San Francisco: Cinema Vivant
Starts: May 11 2013 - 7:00pm
Ends: May 11 2013 - 9:00pm
Accomplished and versatile musicians, Hot Club of San Francisco (HCSF) celebrates the music of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli’s pioneering Hot Club de France with style and panache. The group borrows the instrumentation of violin, bass and guitars from the original Hot Club while breathing new life into the music with innovative arrangements and original compositions from their superb lead guitarist Paul Mehling. Featuring the amazing violin of 2-time Grammy Award winner Evan Price and a swinging rhythm section.
Imagine yourself in the idyllic French countryside in the 1930's. A gypsy caravan sets up camp in a field outside of town, luring the locals out for an evening’s fun. The wanderers travel with a film projector, pointing it at the side of a barn. As the images flicker to life beneath the stars, gypsy musicians play their guitars and fiddles, matching every movement on the screen with characteristic virtuosity, passion and humor…
Reviving this lost entertainment, HCSF presents Cinema Vivant, a celebration of imagination and innovation. Before World War I, European filmmaker Ladislaw Starewicz pioneered stop-action animation, creating a never-before-seen movie experience. A gifted storyteller who used the new medium of animation to illuminate his fantastic imaginings of the secret lives of ordinary objects, Starewicz has become a cult hero. Two Starewicz films are featured in Cinema Vivant—The Cameraman's Revenge, a charming piece about the marital troubles of beetles and The Mascot, an adventure story about lost toys. On the other side of the Atlantic, American Charley Bowers revolutionized the industry in the 1920’s by combining animation with live action. There It Is, a recently rediscovered film by Bowers, is a whimsical comedy about a mysterious occurrence investigated by Scotland Yard.
There It Is, Charley Bowers (1928)
The Cameraman's Revenge, Ladislaw Starewicz (1912)
The Mascot, Ladislaw Starewicz (1933)
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