IFFBoston Screening Series
SIGHT AND SOUND SUMMER VACATION
SIGHT AND SOUND on MAN WITH A MOVIE CAMERA:
A decade into his career as both filmmaker and theorist, Dziga Vertov made his best-known and most widely distributed film. This narrative-free portrait of city life—three unidentified cities provided the locations—is propelled by an effervescent delight in the possibilities of film, with its unexpected angles and clashing juxtapositions.
Vertov deliberately shunned what he saw as hidebound theatrical conventions such as intertitles and actors—the film’s only real protagonist is the cameraman himself. This could easily be an indulgent mess, but Vertov’s grasp of his medium is so philosophically sure-footed that it’s just as stimulating many decades later.
This screening features live accompaniment by the Anvil Orchestra
The Anvil Orchestra is Terry Donahue (Alloy Orchestra, Concussion Ensemble) and Roger Clark Miller (Alloy Orchestra, Mission of Burma, Trinary System). Their unique live musical performances to silent films transform the viewing experience for adults and children alike in locales across the United States and abroad.
As two-thirds of Alloy Orchestra, Roger and Terry will continue the tradition of high caliber compositions and performances. Percussionist Lawrence Dersch (Binary System, Trinary System, Concussion Ensemble, AKA/COD) joins the line-up when films call for a bigger percussive sound, which includes MAN WITH THE MOVIE CAMERA. The Sound of Silent Film will live on in The Anvil Orchestra.
The group is based in Southern Vermont, but can play anywhere in the world.
“The Anvil Orchestra” is a name coined by film critic Roger Ebert. The first time the Alloy Orchestra played the Ebertfest, he incorrectly announced the group by that name from the stage. His creative word-play has now come full circle.