Notes to a Toon Underground is a program of animated films accompanied by 11 musician including Jason Lytle (Grandaddy) and Jamie Stewart and Caralee McElroy (Xiu Xiu). It takes place at the Castro on Saturday, May 5th at 8:30 pm. Kimberly Chun writes in the Guardian about animator Kelly Sears.
When the film was shown at the Berlin Film Festival, Maddin wrote about the over 1800 people who were going to see it :
I hope against hope I may quell all their trepidation. Silent film is arid, they fear. Silent film is corny, they fear. Silent film is slow, stale and black & white, they fear. The possibility of a glute-deadening boredom is what preys on their minds most.
So I have recruited allies for what I like to call “boredom insurance”: live orchestral accompaniment (always good for securing the audience’s goodwill) playing an original wall-to-wall score; a narrator of exquisite Scanditalian flutiness in the person of Isabella Rossellini; three Foley artists producing more than 600 live sound effects; and an authentic castrato from Winnipeg who can produce the most unearthly and unlikely warblings from within his roughly hewn, adult and completely hairless torso.
All of them will be visible to the audience as silhouettes feverishly working to cast out their night sabbath spells from the stage directly in front of the unspooling images of my misbegotten film. I’m counting on a supernatural fusion of these live elements and the ghostly projections to supply the spark of life that will re-animate silent film once and for all and make believers of the skeptics. Please pray for my soul!
There are many more music related films and events, but I'll just mention the delightful Vitus which plays on Sunday, May 5th at noon at the Clay (the video above is an interview with the director and star).
Originally posted on tigerbeat.vox.com