The Program (text was written prior to the event):
7:00 pm PROGRAM 1 ZAPPA IN RETROSPECT
FRANK ZAPPA: Phase TwoThe Big Note
(Preview of a work in process)
|© 1986 Eva Soltes
Ever seen Frank Zappa without facial hair?
Join us for a compelling new video documentary by Frank Scheffer
for Dutch television station VPROa comprehensive overview
of Frank Zappas unique achievements, peppered with mesmerizing
historical footage. Performances by the Ensemble Modern and the
Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orchestra, statements by Frank Zappa himself,
Edgar Varèse, Pierre Boulez, Captain Beefheart, Ian Underwood,
George Duke, Haskell Wexler, and Gail & Dweezil Zappa. Directed
by Frank Scheffer. (2002) 90m
First Showing in the U.S.
Gail Zappa (Frank's
widow) will appear in person
and answer questions.
9:30 pm PROGRAM 2 DJ SPOOKY LIVE PERFORMANCE
DJ SPOOKYS Rebirth of a Nation (A work in progress, Take
|Paul D. Miller, aka DJ Spooky
African-American icon DJ
Spooky, that Subliminal Kid, performs remixology on D.W. Griffiths
notorious silent film Birth of a Nation (1915). Appearing live on
the stage of the Castro, Spooky (aka Paul Miller), has digitized
and re-composed the original film, a milestone in cinema history
and now one of the most controversial works of the silent era. 60m.
Dont miss the brilliant wizardry
of DJ Spooky as he creates a new soundtrack in real time for audiences
on both Friday and Saturday nights.
11:00 am Program 1 FROM LUNGS TO MICROCHIPS
TERRY RILEY: Music with Balls
|Terry Riley in Music With Balls
Minimalist composer Terry Riley and sculptor
Arlo Acton along with director John Coney collaborated to produce
one of the most revolutionary Hi-band videos ever made for TVthe
masterpiece A Rainbow in Curved Air. Produced and directed by John
Coney (1969) 10m. Special guests Acton and Riley join Executive
Producer Jim Newman onstage for a personal appearance.
|Pandit Pran Nath from In Between the
PANDIT PRAN NATH: In Between the Notes
Travel to India to discover the roots
of the legendary Indian singer, Pandit Pran Nath (1918-1996). The
last master of the stately Kirana classical vocal style, Pran Nath
profoundly influenced important western avant-garde composers such
as Terry Riley and LaMonte Young. Directed by William Farley and
photographed by Bill Marpet. Produced by Jim Newman. (1986) 30m.
|Leon Theremin (Courtesy Orion Pictures
THEREMIN: An Electronic Odyssey
Vacuum tubes do not suck. They make beautiful music and have since
1927 when Leon Theremin, the Russian inventor, presented the world
with his amazing electric synthesizer. Directed by Steven M. Martin.(1995)
Preceded by composer Joel Davel, performing
on Donald Buchlas Lightning digital controller,
the latest incarnation of touchless musicianship, pioneered by Theremin.
|From In Absentia (Directed by the Brothers
3:00 pm Program 2 WOMEN ON THE VERGE
Sponsored by Aquarius Records
KARLHEINZ STOCKHAUSEN: In Absentia
Shot in b&w and color, In Absentia
combines live action and animation and centers around the simple
action of a woman repeatedly writing a letter. Haunting images by
the Brothers Quay match the claustrophobic score by Stockhausen,
taking us on a hypnotic journey into the mindscape of a woman gone
mad. Directed by The Brothers Quay. (2000) 20m.
Castro organist David Hegarty precedes Dancer
in the Dark with a medley from The Sound of Music.
BJÖRK: Dancer in the Dark
| Björk & Catherine Deneuve
in Dancer in the Dark
A Fine Line Features release
Photo: David Koskas
With the Icelandic singer songwriter
Björk and her music, Danish filmmaker Lars van Trier turns
upside down the musical films trademark notion that music
redeems us from the horrors of the real world. Directed by Lars
von Trier. Music by Björk. (2000) 141m. Film theorist Marilyn
Fabe (UC Berkeley), who has devised an entire course around this
motion picture, introduces the movie, shot with 100 mini-DV cameras,
and fields your questions afterwards.
7:00 pm Program 3 A RARE ZAPPA CLASSIC
FRANK ZAPPA: Baby Snakes
This rarely-shown film by Frank Zappa
oscillates madly between a 1979 performance of his band and the
outrageous psychedelic clay animation of Bruce Bickford. Thrill
to the punishment of WB record execs by devil-costumed audience
members who take the stage to horsewhip their prey while young Frank
and his company flawlessly execute the sound design Directed by
Frank Zappa. Animation by Bruce Bickford. (originally released 1979)
9:30 pm PROGRAM 4 DJ SPOOKY LIVE PERFORMANCE
DJ Spookys Rebirth of a Nation (A work in progress, Take Two)
Reprise of Friday night, 9:30.
11:00 am Program 1 GOOD GUYS AND BAD
Sponsored by Film Arts Foundation
GEORGE ANTHEIL: Bad Boy of Music
|George Antheil (Hollywood 1940s)
Antheil (1900-1959), composer of the Ballet
Mécanique, was the first American modernist to be taken seriously
in Europe. This fictionalized dramatization of his life by German
filmmaker Michael Meert is interspersed with extemporaneous commentary
by Other Minds Artistic Director Charles Amirkhanian and performances
by the Ensemble Modern. Contains rare footage of the audience riot
at Antheils first Paris concert in 1923, attended by Satie,
Pound, Joyce, Picabia and Picasso. Directed by Michael Meert. (2000)
44m. U.S. Premiere.
Followed by a medley of Antheils film
music arranged for this event and performed by David Hegarty
|John Cage (from West Coast Story)
1986 Eva Soltes
WEST COAST STORY: Frontiers of New Music
Lou Harrison, John Cage, Henry Cowell, . . . where would contemporary
music be without them? Rare footage of these pioneer California
composers and their spiritual descendants Robert Erickson, Morton
Subotnick, Pauline Oliveros, Terry Riley, Daniel Lentz, Paul Dresher,
John Adams, Janis Mattox, and others present a capsule overview
of a revolution that rocked the classical world. Directed by Michael
MacIntyre. Produced by Eva Soltes. (1986) 75m. Special guests Soltes,
Dresher, Lentz, Mattox, and others will take questions following
2:30 pm Program 2 A MAVERICK FROM
PERCY GRAINGER: The Noble Savage
|Percy & Rose Grainger (Percy's mother)
from The Noble Savage
This extraordinary documentary on virtuoso
pianist and composer Grainger (1882-1961) evokes the composers
fascination with English folk music. Contrary to his image as an
arranger of polite ditties, Grainger loved the rough, rural qualities
of this music and its singers. His contributions are explored thoroughly:
free music, elastic scoring, unusual instruments,
inventive harmonizations and his stubborn quest to invent an early
electronic synthesizer. Directed by Barrie Gavin. (1986) 90m. U.S.
Followed by the world premiere of a medley
of Graingers greatest works arranged for the giant Wurlitzer
organ by the Castros David Hegarty.
|Richard Roxburgh plays Percy Grainger in Passion
PERCY GRAINGER: Passion
Australian filmmaker Peter Duncan exposes the most challenging details
of the secret life of Percy Grainger, including his lifelong involvement
with flagellation. Richard Roxburgh is the spitting reincarnation
of red-haired, blue-eyed Percy; Barbara Hershey, his over-protective
mother Rose, and Emily Woof, the Danish pianist Karen Holten, whose
affair with the composer eventually is thwarted by Graingers
devotion to his mother. Passion portrays the repressive Victorian
atmosphere, Graingers pianistic fireworks, and the unbridled
sexual lashing sessions of Karen and Percy. Directed by Peter Duncan.
U.S. Premiere. Director Peter Duncan, our
visitor from Sydney, will answer questions following the screening.
7:15 pm Program 3 ZAPPA IN RETROSPECT
FRANK ZAPPA: Phase TwoThe Big Note
(preview of a work in process) Reprise of Friday, 7:00.
Gail Zappa (Frank's widow) will appear
and answer questions.
10:00 pm PROGRAM 4 A RARE ZAPPA CLASSIC
FRANK ZAPPA: Baby Snakes Reprise of Saturday, 7:00