Doors open at 6 pm; $15 ($10 NYSCI Members)
Creative Director, Braden King, with Boxhead Ensemble
Our Century, Seneca and The Drift
Our Century features an evening of films and music that responds to Empire Drive-In’s unique backdrop of two decommissioned NASA rockets. Filmmaker Braden King (Dutch Harbor: Where the Sea Breaks its Back; HERE) has curated a night of films and music that includes the feature film Our Century, as well as a live score by Boxhead Ensemble, a band comprised of cellist Paul de Jong of The Books, Wil Hendricks of Lofty Pillars and Califone, ensemble director Michael Krassner, Tim Rutili of Califone, and Jim White of Dirty Three, Cat Power, and Smog.
Michael Krassner and Boxhead Ensemble have been creating unique soundtracks and live cinema events throughout the world for the past 15 years, often in collaboration with Braden King. In a rare New York appearance, Boxhead will be performing a live score to Artavazd Pelechian’s experimental masterpiece Our Century, a film that evocatively conveys humankind’s tenacious and unending efforts to transcend its earthly limitations by intercutting imagery of the United States and Soviet Union’s Cold War-era space programs. A surprisingly emotional experience of human endeavor, Our Century makes the massive technological efforts of these two superpowers look like a kind of child’s play as each country pushes farther and farther into the ether. Rarely (if ever) screened in New York, Pelechian’s films are considered to be among the most innovative and unique uses of cinematic language. The feature film will be preceded by Seneca, King’s collaboration with the band Tortoise and Kelly Sears’The Drift.
This event is part of the Empire Drive-In series.
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