Film Screening

Documentary Film Screening of "American Meat"

Thursday / October 6, 2011 / 6:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215

With director Graham Meriwether, composer Alison Plante, and additional Berklee composers. This private screening for the Berklee community is also the Boston-area premiere of this groundbreaking film. Free burritos from Chipotle will be available for the first 40 attendees, and following the film there will be a discussion with filmmaker Graham Meriwether, composer Alison Plante (assistant chair of Berklee's Film Scoring Department), and members of the Film Scoring Practicum class with whom she worked to score this feature-length documentary this past spring.

American Meat is a solutions-oriented, macroscopic documentary surveying the current state of the U.S. meat industry. It takes an even-handed look at animal husbandry with no graphic or disturbing images. The film explains how America arrived at our current industrial system, and shows you current farming practices not through hidden cameras but through the eyes of the farmers who live and work there. From there, it introduces the current revolution developing in animal husbandry, led by the charismatic and passionate Joel Salatin. You'll meet tens of farmers across the country who have changed their lives to start grass-based farms, and learn everyday, tangible solutions that people can take to change agriculture in America.

American Meat credits include:

  • Original music by Alison Plante, Film Scoring assistant chair
  • Additional music by Berklee students Jason Akers, Michael Hurwitz, Isaac Owen Richardson, and Bryan Ricker, and Berklee alumnus Daniel Adam Zimmerman
  • Additional orchestration by Berklee student Norman Kim
  • Music recording and mixing by Berklee staff Fred Mueller and Scott C. Martin
  • Band: Guitar and dobro, Mason Daring (Berklee faculty); bass, Mario Carrillo Caro (Berklee student); drums, Justin Conway (Berklee student); piano, April Thomas (Berklee staff and alum); fiddle, Bronwyn Keith-Hynes (Berklee student); mandolin, Eric Robertson (Berklee student)

 

Admission: 

<em>Listen to This</em>

Wednesday / October 12, 2011 / 6:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215
<em>Listen to This</em>, written and directed by Juan Baquero

Join Berklee student Thompson Egbo-Egbo and Tufts researcher Kathleen Camara in a discussion about modern urban music education.

Shootings. Rape. Mysterious blood splatters. Is the tooth fairy real? These are some of the conversation topics for eight- and nine-year-olds in the Jane-Finch area of Toronto. While their single mothers struggle to make rent, the kids often fend for themselves.

Pianist Thompson Egbo-Egbo, once such a kid himself, starts a music program at a school in the inner-city neighborhood. He and three other musicians work with the students one-on-one to help them find their voice. For some, it’s the first time anyone has had the time to really listen to them. But as the kids open up, the mentors realize that connecting to their students is more complicated than they thought.

Join us for the screening of Listen to This, which documents Egbo-Egbo's educational outreach. After the screening Camara, director of YouthBEAT Research on Music and Youth Development, will briefly present her research on the impact of music on urban youth in Boston. Both Camara and Egbo-Egbo will answer questions and share their experiences. See the library website or the library Facebook page for more details.


Admission: 
Free

Screening: <em>See What I'm Saying</em>

Wednesday / July 20, 2011 / 6:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Left to right: CJ Jones, TL Forsberg, Bob Hiltermann, Robert DeMayo

Deaf people can do anything but hear. But an all-deaf rock band? An international deaf comic famous around the world but unknown to hearing people? A modern-day Buster Keaton who teaches at Juilliard but is currently homeless? A hard-of-hearing singer who is considered "not deaf enough"?

See What I'm Saying follows the journeys of four extraordinary deaf entertainers—two of them musicians—over the course of a single year as their stories intertwine and culminate in some of the most important events of their lives.

Join us for this unique, inspirational story, followed by a Skype discussion with filmmaker Hilari Scarl. The film is captioned, and interpretation services will be available for the discussion.

Cosponsored by the Stan Getz Library and the Office for Cultural Diversity.

Admission: 
Free

Movie Night with Berklee Film Composers

Thursday / July 7, 2011 / 6:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Film Scoring Network

Movie Night with Berklee Film Composers is a chance to check out original scores by your peers. Come and see what they are up to as they screen their projects.

Connect with the Learning Center:

Admission: 
Free

Mighty Uke with Special Guest Tim Mann

Wednesday / June 15, 2011 / 6:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215

There's still time to win the ukulele in the library display case. Click here for details on how to win.

Born in Hawaii in the 1880s, the ukulele was so easy to play that by the  '20s, it was the most popular instrument in the American home. But then the rise of the rock and roll guitar pushed the uke into nerdy obscurity. Until now. In the internet age, the instrument is making a comeback, and a new generation is rediscovering a unique musical voice.

Mighty Uke travels the world to chronicle the amazing comeback of a musical underdog.

Join us for a screening of this fascinating documentary, with post-viewing discussion and clinic with local uke rocker Timothy Mann.  For more details or to view the trailer, go to the library website:  http://library.berklee.edu/news/the_mighty_uke

Admission: 
Free

Sounds of Silents: It

Monday / May 2, 2011 / 7:00 p.m.
Coolidge Corner Theatre
290 Harvard Street
Brookline
MA
United States
02446

Coolidge Corner Theatre's Sounds of Silents series presents the 1927 silent film classic It combined with a specially commissioned new score composed by Berklee professor Sheldon Mirowitz and his students in the Film Scoring Department, performed live.
 
It is a 1927 romantic comedy starring Clara Bow as Betty Lou, a saucy lingerie shop girl with champagne tastes and beer pockets who sets her sights on the handsome and wealthy owner of the department store where she works. Bow's vivacious beauty and racy high spirits not only made It a euphemism for sex appeal, but also placed her in the pantheon of eternal screen legends. She was the "it girl," the first true movie sex symbol and the hottest star of the jazz age. F. Scott Fitzgerald hailed her as "someone to stir every pulse in the nation," and 100 million moviegoers (per week) agreed. Long before Marilyn Monroe, Madonna, and Lady Gaga, there was Clara Bow.
 
Don't miss this rare chance to experience this cinematic gem on the Coolidge's giant silver screen with a live orchestral performance conducted by Berklee's up-and-coming composers and featuring students and recent graduates of Berklee and other local music schools.

With Sounds of Silents, the Coolidge presents silent film classics featuring new, original music scores performed live. The most recent installment was a highly successful presentation of the silent film Sunrise with a
composition by Mirowitz and his students.

Admission: 
$20, $17 students and seniors, free for Coolidge members, general admission

Screening: <em>Deconstructing Dad </em>

Friday / April 22, 2011 / 6:00 p.m.
Room F12, 22 Fenway
22 Fenway
Boston
MA
United States

You may not know his name...but you know his music. Part of the Together Festival, the film Deconstructing Dad tells the story of maverick musician Raymond Scott from his son's perspective.

Raymond Scott (1908-1994) was one of the most prolific and central figures in 20th century music, with a career that began in the 1930s swing/big-band era, and continued through the experimental electronic music age of the 1970s.

Although Scott was a famous figure during the mid-twentieth century, and currently has a dedicated cult following (that includes some of the most renowned artists in the music world), his name—not his music—remains largely unknown to the general public.

But now there is a documentary film about this maverick musician, composer, inventor, and electronic music pioneer that will help raise awareness of the under-appreciated visionary.

Deconstructing Dad tells the story of Scott’s life and career from a unique perspective, that of his only son, Stan Warnow.

Stan will be on-hand at the screening for questions and discussion afterward. Learn more at the Berklee library facebook page for more information:

The Together Festival, founded in 2009, is a week-long series of events around the Boston area. It showcases music, art, and technology through a night-time events schedule that showcases local, national and international music talent; and a daytime event schedule featuring discussion panels, technology demonstrations, art installations, a tradeshow/expo, and film screenings.

Admission: 
Free

One Big Hapa Family Film Screening and Discussion

Wednesday / March 23, 2011 / 6:00 p.m.
Steve Heck Room
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Berklee's Office for Diversity and Inclusion and Asian Staff and Faculty Association host a film screening and discussion with filmmaker Jeff Chiba Stearns and film scorer Genevieve Vincent '09. View the film trailer.

 

 

Admission: 
Free

<em>Speaking in Code</em> with David Day and Amy Grill

Thursday / February 24, 2011 / 5:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215
<em>Speaking in Code</em>

Speaking in Code is an intimate account of people who are completely lost in music. Director Amy Grill follows a series of characters (including her techno-obsessed husband, editor and DJ David Day) over a number of years as some struggle to make it while others thrive in the world of electronic music. It’s a tightly interwoven story about the electronic music scene told from the inside out: intimate, raw, and vivid.

The film reveals six intertwined character studies and raw vérité views of new music in an intimate way not seen since The Decline of Western Civilization opened up the world of the Los Angeles punk scene—a window into a world filled with warehouse parties, endless gigs, international travel, risks, inventions, triumphs, and breakdowns.

Join us for a screening and a discussion with Grill and Day.

Admission: 
Free

<em>Back Vocal</em> Screening with Saeed Shahram

Thursday / February 3, 2011 / 11:00 a.m.
Steve Heck Room
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Join us for the screening of this underground film. Special guest Saeed Shahram from Iran, international award-winning film scorer and composer, will lead a post-screening discussion.

Notes from director Mojtaba Mirtahmasb:
"Three years of roaming among musicians of Tehran resulted in. . . two films centered on the theme of restrictions on music in Iran. Back Vocal tells the story of women singers whose unaccompanied singing is forbidden by religious laws of the country, but who nonetheless try to remain active, even if that means taking the second seat. I knew from the beginning that such a film would not get permission to be screened, so I never applied for a permit."

Saeed Shahram is a noted composer with over 40 feature-length movie soundtracks to his credit since 1983. He has been a part of the music industry in Iran for his whole life. His accomplishments include awards for Two Sides of a Coin and Abadanies. Shahram was a pioneer in introducing Iran to electronic music, and he successfully fuses the East and the West in all aspects of his music, whether it's using traditional Persian scales or mixing instrumentation. His 1999 album Stand on the Earth set Forugh Farrokhzad's poetry to Persian jazz. One of his latest works was scoring Gharib's Story, which became the most-viewed television series in Iran.

This event is cosponsored by the Office for Cultural Diversity, the Stan Getz Library, and the Development Office.

Admission: 
Free

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