Two Winnipeg creatives want people to see classic black-and-white horror movies in a whole new way this February.
Photographer Joey Senft and graphic novelist GMB Chomichuk present “Love You to Death” at the Park Theater. This is an experience that combines cinema, live music and more.
Concept — reimagined footage from Nosferatu (1922), bride of frankenstein (1935), and big city (1927), a live score by an all-star quartet of local musicians, came at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“(Jomichuk) is actually my next-door neighbor. We came up with this idea during the pandemic. was doing.
“I was doing some shoots with my phone, but I made them look black and white.
“He said, ‘Let’s make a silent film ourselves.’ It was a great idea, but we weren’t ready yet, so we wanted to experiment. I love you to death This event brings silent films with music to the Park Theater. ”
According to Senft, the idea was originally based on FW Murnau’s silent classic Nosferatu — Until I realized that the Winnipeg Symphony recently gave the film its own live score.
“We decided to do something a little different,” she said. ”
The event’s soundtrack is performed by four notable musicians — Keri Latimer’s “Spine-Shivering” Theremin, Multi-Instrumentalist of “Haunted Keyboard” Rusty Robot, and “Spirit Summoner of Cello” Nathaniel Felicitas, and the strings of “Spirit Dancing” guitarist Rafael Reyes.
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“The movie is so old and kind of sci-fi that I immediately thought of thereminist Keri Latimer…if Kari wasn’t on board, this basically wouldn’t have happened. Because we really need that sci-fi sound, said Senft.
“Rusty’s name came from him playing keys and all sorts of weird stuff with different percussion instruments.”
Known not only for his solo work, but also for bands such as Waking Eyes, Weakerthans, Imaginary Cities and Sheepdogs, Robot said he jumped at the chance to take part in the project.
“For me, the most unique part of creating a live soundtrack with other musicians is using the screen as a guide metronome,” he said.
“It dictates our tempos, dynamics, emotions, melodies, etc. It forces us to really listen to each other and look for anchor points to switch to something new.
“We are surrounded by a buffet of strange instruments that make strange sounds. has a trumpet and a trunk of little ticklish paraphernalia that make all sorts of unique noises.”
Robot said the foursome were given one month to review the edited film, come up with an original soundtrack, and rehearse.
“I am familiar with the general idea and aesthetic of cinema,” he said.I was always fascinated by the visuals big city, and how they were achieved. ”
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In addition to the reimagined film and live performances, Senft said there will also be other visual elements associated with the event, including posters and special beer labels designed by Chomichuk for the event.
“I really wanted a collaboration between the artistry of the film and the artistry of the music, but monsters will also appear there, so the make-up artistry of the film is involved.
“I just wanted to bring a whole new audience to something people had never seen before.”
More information about I love you to deathwill take place on February 16 and can be viewed on the Park Theater website.
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