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Man With a Movie Camera (+ Daniel Janke)

This screening took place on
Thursday, July 10, 2014 at 12:00am
Globe Theatre, Atlin BC

Dziga Vertov's 1929 poetic documentary about a day in Russian life with live musical accompaniment by Daniel Janke, Olivier de Colombel, Micah Smith, Ken Searcy and Paul Bergman. Music composed by Daniel Janke. Dziga Vertov's Man With A Movie Camera is considered one of the most innovative and influential films of the silent era. Startlingly modern, this film utilizes Sergei Eisenstein's newly introdcued form of 'montage' editing and a groundbreaking style of rapid editing and incorporates innumerable other cinematic effects to create a work of amazing power and energy. This dawn-to-dusk view of the Soviet Union offers a montage of urban Russian life, showing the people of the city at work and at play, and the machines that endlessly whirl to keep the metropolis alive. It was Vertov's first full-length film, and it employs all the cinematic techniques at the director's disposal -- dissolves, split-screens, slow-motion, and freeze-frames -- to produce a work that is exhilarating and intellectually brilliant. About Daniel Janke Daniel Janke is active as a composer, filmmaker and media artist. He is currently director of the stage production Grub Stake Revisited which toured in 2013, and is now in post-production for film release. He is also currently working on the feature film A Long Way Around with GalaFilm. His films include River [2012]; and How People Got Fire [NFB, 2009] which received numerous awards and was been screened internationally. He was writer/producer on the TV series Northern Town [CBC, 2006]. Concert music commissions include Farther Along for violinist Mark Fewer; Weather Coming for Standing Wave Ensemble; and String Quartet No. 2 for Bozzini String Quartet. His String Quartet No. 1 was recorded by Penderecki String Quartet. Daniel’s music for the contemporary dance work Cinco Puntos Cardinales was released by the CentreDiscs label [2011]. Film scores include Subconscious Password [NFB, dir. Chris Landreth 2013] which was short-listed for an academy award; Touch, and The Susan Smith Tapes [dir. Jeremy Podeswa, 2001]. Daniel has recorded with numerous artists including Bruce Cockburn, Breakfast In New Orleans Dinner in Timbuktu [Ryko, 1999]. He lives near Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada.
  • Directed by Dziga Vertov
  • 1929, Russia
  • 68 minutes

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