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Man with a Movie Camera With LIVE MUSIC

Man with a Movie Camera With LIVE MUSIC
Documentary, History | 1929 | NR. 1hr 30min
DIRECTOR: Dziga Vertov ONE NIGHT ONLY | 5/2 7pm 

See the 1929 Silent film with live music by montopolis!

one night only on may 2nd at 7 pm

tickets $20, $17.50 for members

Montopolis will perform a live score to Man with a Movie Camera, a 1929 silent film depicting life in the cities of Odessa and Kyiv, Ukraine. One of the most influential documentaries ever made, the film recently placed 8th on the 2022 Sight and Sound Greatest Films of all time poll.  The live score by Montopolis has been called "stunning and transcendent" by the Austin Chronicle

The band is partnering with relief organization The Bird of Light Ukraine to raise awareness of the refugee crisis in Ukraine. 


Man with a Movie Camera is an experimental 1929 Soviet silent documentary film, directed by Dziga Vertov, filmed by his brother MIkhail Kaufman, and edited by his wife Yelizaveta Svilova. Vertov's feature film, produced by the film studio VUFKU, presents urban life in Moscow and the Ukrainian cities of Kyiv and Odesa during the late-1920s. It has no actors. From dawn to dusk Soviet citizens are shown at work and at play, and interacting with the machinery of modern life. To the extent that it can be said to have "characters", they are the cameramen of the title, the film editor, and the modern Soviet Union they discover and present in the film. Man with a Movie Camera is famous for the range of cinematic techniques Vertov invented, employed or developed, such as multiple exposure, fast motion, slow motion, freeze frames, match cuts, jump cuts, split screens, Dutch angles, extreme close-ups, tracking shots, reversed footage, stop motion animations and self-reflexive visuals (at one point it features a split-screen tracking shot; the sides have opposite Dutch angles).

more About Montopolis: 

Montopolis is an indie chamber music group from Austin, Texas that performs the works of composer Justin Sherburn. Their music folds folk idioms into modern classical arrangements with inventive instrumentation to create "stunning and transcendent" (Austin Chronicle) concerts. Their programs are audience-engaging, multi-media events that combine live music with video and interactive storytelling. Their most recent albums, Music for Enchanted Rock and The Legend of Big Bend, are themed around Texan ecological points of interest. Montopolis will continue to be inspired by and draw attention to the natural wonders of our state, country and planet. The Montopolis musicians include members of the Austin Symphony, Okkervil River, Tosca String Quartet, and the Polyphonic Spree. 

"Sherburn counts a day job in Okkervil River, but has made a name for himself with his chamber outfit Montopolis' stunning, hour-long score to the famous 1929 Russian silent. The capacity audience at Alamo Drafthouse last weekend gave the local sextet a well-deserved standing ovation at the conclusion of the film and its accompanying live performance. This is rich Austin culture with an already storied legacy made even more so by this latest entry. Your summer blockbuster has arrived."
Raoul Hernandez, The Austin Chronicle
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