ECSTATIC TRANCE: A Live Cinema Performance of Music Rituals
by Vincent Moon + Priscilla Telmon
Co-Presented by The Cinefamily & Zebulon
with introduction by Steve Holmgren and Franny Alfano
Thursday, March 9th at 7:30pm (doors at 7:15PM)
Vincent Moon reinvented the music video in the mid 2000s by filming dozens of independent musicians in his signature intimate style; including such artists as Beirut, Health, and the Arcade Fire. His “Take Away Shows” lit up the Internet, garnering acclaim from audiences and critics alike. Moon complimented these with bold feature-length films with musicians like R.E.M., Mogwai, and The National. In recent years, Moon has himself undergone a transformation: away from popular and commercial music and towards the sublime.
Under his label Petites Planètes (its title borrowed from the legendary book series edited French cinema giant Chris Marker), Moon’s focus has shifted to ethnographic documentation of sounds and rituals from around the world, with an emphasis on indigenous communities. From Sufi rituals in Chechnya and experimental hip hop in Jakarta to Ethiopian harpists, Moon’s new series has shaken up traditional notions of visual anthropology.
Priscilla Telmon is a French explorer, researching ancient cultures to make films, photographs, books, and articles. Those many adventures around the world, from the Himalayas to the forest of Peru, have pushed her towards the study of the sacred and its spiritual practices. Since 2011, Telmon and Moon have wanted to unite their worlds for a dual creative venture. Their common work moves between the realities of documentary creation, ethno-poetic research, and filmic experimentation.
They have lived for the past couple of years in Brazil, where they are now completing a multi-faceted project called HÍBRIDOS ◊ THE SPIRITS OF BRAZIL. Coinciding with a rare Los Angeles visit, the duo’s presentation will feature the Petites Planètes collection in a special way: via live image manipulation and musical accompaniment.
This cine-performance will highlight some classic material as well as preview Híbridos, sharing moments from some of the roughly 60 films they are completing on various Brazilian regions. In transmitting culture from various shamanistic cults, the evening itself turns in to a ritual all its own.