Film Screening

Sounds of Silents: It

Monday / May 2, 2011 / 7:00 pm
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 pm
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 pm
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 pm
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 am
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

Sunrise

Monday / December 6, 2010 / 6:00 pm
Coolidge Corner Theatre
290 Harvard Street
Brookline
MA
United States
02446

The Coolidge Corner Theatre's Sounds of Silents series presents a beautifully restored print of the 1927 silent film masterpiece Sunrise, combined with a specially commissioned new score composed by Berklee College of Music professor Sheldon Mirowitz and his class of outstanding students in the Department of Film Scoring, under the guidance of department chair Dan Carlin. This lively event is the result of collaboration between the Coolidge, Berklee's gifted young composers, and professors and acclaimed industry professionals Mirowitz and Carlin. 

Not only the highest artistic achievement of director F.W. Murnau, but also considered by many critics the greatest of all silent films, Sunrise is a heart-wrenching tale of corruption and redemption played out in the dramatic tale of a married rustic farmer seduced into a murderous affair by a city vamp. Janet Gaynor, as the innocent and trusting wife, won an Academy Award for her luminous performance. Don't miss this one-night only chance to experience this gem of essential cinema 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, Boston Conservatory, and New England Conservatory. Tickets may be purchased online at www.coolidge.org or at the Coolidge Corner Theatre box office, 290 Harvard Street, Brookline.  

With Sounds of Silents, the Coolidge presents silent film classics featuring new, original music scores performed live. Don't forget to mark your calendars for the next feature in this exciting series: It, starring the jazz-age poster girl, Clara Bow, on May 2, also accompanied by an original score by Berklee's film scoring students. For more information about Sounds of Silents, visit www.coolidge.org/silents or call 617 734-2501.

Admission: 
$20, $17 discount, general admission

Arif Mardin: The Greatest Ears in Town

Wednesday / November 17, 2010 / 6:00 pm
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Arif Mardin: The Greatest Ears in Town

Come see a free screening of The Greatest Ears in Town: The Arif Mardin Story. Codirected by Joe Mardin '85, this film tells the story of his father Arif Mardin '61, legendary producer and arranger for artists including Norah Jones, Carly Simon, Phil Collins, Aretha Franklin, and more. It also details the recording of the companion album All My Friends Are Here, Arif's final project and collaboration with many of his famous protégés. 

Admission: 
Free and open to the public. Tickets required for entry, available at Box Office only.

<i>Copyright Criminals</i> Screening

Thursday / October 28, 2010 / 6:00 pm
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Copyright Criminals

Back due to popular demand, the Stan Getz Library is screening Copyright Criminals, followed by a Skype Q&A session with communications professor and filmmaker Kembrew McLeod.

Copyright Criminals examines the creative and commercial value of musical sampling, including the related debates over artistic expression, copyright law, and (of course) money.

This documentary traces the rise of hip-hop from the urban streets of New York to its current status as a multibillion-dollar industry. For more than 30 years, innovative hip-hop performers and producers have been re-using portions of previously recorded music in new, otherwise original compositions. When lawyers and record companies got involved, what was once referred to as a “borrowed melody” became a “copyright infringement.” The film showcases many of hip-hop music’s founding figures like Public Enemy, De La Soul, and Digital Underground—while also featuring emerging hip-hop artists from record labels Definitive Jux, Rhymesayers, Ninja Tune, and more.

It also provides an in-depth look at artists who have been sampled, such as Clyde Stubblefield (James Brown’s drummer and the world’s most sampled musician), as well as commentary by another highly sampled musician, funk legend George Clinton. As artists find ever more inventive ways to insert old influences into new material, this documentary asks a critical question, on behalf of an entire creative community: Can you own a sound?

For more information, please visit the library website

Admission: 
Free

Afghan Star

Wednesday / October 13, 2010 / 6:00 pm
Berklee Media Center
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215

After 30 years of war and Taliban rule, pop Idol is taking the nation by storm. Millions are watching the TV series Afghan Star and voting for their favorite singers by mobile phone. For many this is their first encounter with democracy. But this is more than just a TV show. In Afghanistan you risk your life to sing.

This timely film follows the dramatic stories of four contestants as they risk all to become the nation's favorite singer. But will they attain the freedom they hope for in this vulnerable and traditional nation?

Join the library for this breathtaking look into what happens when Idol-style television meets Afghani culture and makes history.

Admission: 
Free and open to the public

Wintervention

Saturday / November 6, 2010 / 9:00 pm
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Photo: Will Wissman

Warren Miller Entertainment, the largest action sports filmmaking company on the planet, is coming to Boston. Narrated by skiing icon Jonny Moseley and presented in striking high-definition, Warren Miller films showcase incredible cinematography that will get you craving vertical lines, deep powder, and epic adventure. This year’s film takes you on a breathtaking global tour of some of the world’s most impressive terrain.

Admission: 
$21, reserved seating

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