In celebration of the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival's new institutional location at Ithaca College, The Onward Project presents Trafficking in the Archives: Cinemascapes, Soundscapes, and Mindscapes beyond Corporate Control, featuring live rock music by Mary Lorson, Billy Cote and Piano Creeps with archival film on Monday, March 27, at 8:30 p.m. in Park Auditorium. The performance is free and open to the public.
This live performance with music and archival film reconsiders early US Cinema in terms of its representations of changes to the environment affected by humans in their quest for love and for money--though mostly for money.
Trafficking in the Archives places the music of Pianos Creeps featuring Mary Lorson and Billy Cote in critical dialogue with the history of film exhibition and the corporatization of the film-going experience in the United States. The performance revitalizes early theatrical practices of combining the attractions of local musicians and heterogeneous programs of short and feature-length films to offer audiences an experience nearly made extinct with the advent of synchronized sound and the consolidation of theatrical and distribution circuits.
Collaborative partners for FLEFF's pre-festival kick off event include the National Film Preservation Foundation and the UCLA Film and Television Archive, Northeast Historic Film, and the Human Studies Film Archives at the Smithsonian Institution. Dale Hudson and Lisa Patti, cinema and photography, are co-curating this performance, with Changhee Chun, cinema and photography, serving as lighting and mise-en-scene designer.
For more information on the festival, which runs from March 30-April 6, please visit our website, http://www.ithaca.edu/fleff.