Exciting Event: Alloy Orchestra Presents Wild & Weird Short Films for VIFF High

Friday May 22nd, students and teachers can experience the movies like never before! The world famous Alloy Orchestra revitalize silent cinema with their pulsing, percussive, rust-bucket scores, performed live on drums, synth, musical saw, and a rack of percussive instruments that can include cymbals, horse shoes and wine bottles. Their visits out West to VIFF Vancity Theatre are always memorable occasions, and for this special schools show they have put together a special program of some of the weirdest pre-sound movies ever made: a soap opera played out with animated bugs, a pet that grows so big it stalks the city, a (real) fly doing macabre acrobatic tricks — this collection of 10 shorts will shock and amaze! Students will have a chance to meet and talk to the band about scoring movies, silent cinema, and the Alloy Orchestra’s amazing repertoire.

ALLOY ORCHESTRA is a three man musical ensemble, writing and performing live accompaniment to classic silent films. Working with an outrageous assemblage of peculiar objects, they thrash and grind soulful music from unlikely sources. Utilizing their famous “rack of junk” and electronic synthesizers, the group generates beautiful music in a spectacular variety of styles.

IF YOU ARE NOT A HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT or a local educator, the Alloy Orchestra will be at Vancity Theatre the night before, on Thursday May 21st for a public screening of ‘He Who Gets Slapped’. Tickets on sale now. 

For tickets or more information please contact Morgaine Jennings, Marketing and Education Coordinator at [email protected]

For more #VIFFhigh events or to book a private screening, visit – http://viff.org/theatre/viff-high

#VIFFhigh screening silent shorts include:

DREAM OF A RAREBIT FIEND (1906) Edwin S. Porter/ Edison Company
RED SPECTRE (France, 1907) by Ferdinand Zecca and Segundo de Chomon.
THE ACROBATIC FLY (England, 1908) by F. Percy Smith
THE THIEVING HAND (1908) Vitagraph
ARTHEME SWALLOWS HIS CLARINET (France, 1912) Eclipse Company
THE CAMERAMAN’S REVENGE (Russia, 1912) by Ladislas Starewicz
FILMSTUDIE (Switzerland, 1926) Hans Richter with poetry by Hugo Ball
THE LIFE AND DEATH OF 9413, A HOLLYWOOD EXTRA (1927) Slavko Vorkapich, Robert Florey and Gregg Toland.


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