Hot Club of San Francisco at Whitefish Theatre Company

Posted on 30 September 2016

Imagine yourself in the idyllic French countryside in the 1930's. Sometime before dark, 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, The Hot Club of San Francisco presents Cinema Vivant, an evening of vintage silent films accompanied by live gypsy swing.

 

 

Cinema Vivant is 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 an obscure cult hero. Two Starewicz films are featured in Cinema VivantThe 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.

 

Hot Club of San Francisco brings a live soundtrack to vintage film "There It Is"

The Whitefish Theatre Company is thrilled to present award-winning, gypsy jazz ensemble Hot Club of San Francisco with their unique show titled "Cinema Vivant". 

"Cinema Vivant" is a celebration of imagination and innovation. Imagine yourself in the idyllic French countryside in the 1930s. Sometime before dark, 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. Performing in the tradition of Django Reinhardt, Hot Club revives these gypsy caravans of the past and brings life to some of the earliest stop-action animated films that still exist: "There It Is", "The Cameraman's Revenge", and "The Mascot". As images flicker to life, Hot Club musicians play their blend of Spanish guitar, jazz and bluegrass rhythms, and fast swing, matching every movement on the screen with characteristic virtuosity, passion, and humor. 

Join us for a special evening of music and film that Acoustic Guitar calls "intricate, scorching and often brilliant".

     
DATE: October 5th at 7:30pm 
COST: $30 adults / $20 students (reserved seating)
 
Coming Up: Auditions for A Christmas Story

SHOW: A Christmas Story
WHEN: Oct. 2 & 3 @ 7:00pm
WHERE: O'Shaughnessy Center
CAST: 25 women, men and children. Only 7-10 kids will be cast. Kids must be 7 years of age or older at the time of auditions.
DIRECTOR: Rebecca Schaffer  

QUESTIONS? Call 862-5371
No experience or preparation necessary.


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