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Harry Smith's Oz: The Tin Woodman's Dream and other films with a live score by John Zorn

Sat, Oct 21, 2023
2 pm

Susan and John Hess Family Theater

Families with kids of all ages

Join us for a musical performance and film screening bringing together artist Harry Smith’s experimental films with live accompaniment by legendary composer John Zorn and his ensemble. This screening is for families with kids of all ages and features a selection of Smith’s dazzling short films, which significantly impacted Zorn in his teenage years at underground movie screenings. Zorn’s improvised scores pick up on the spiritual undertones and kaleidoscopic visuals of Smith’s films. 

John Zorn, a native New Yorker, has been a central figure in the downtown scene since the mid-1970s. An acclaimed saxophonist, Zorn’s compositions span just about every known genre. His music is regularly performed by a wide range of jazz, rock, hardcore punk, classical, klezmer, and improvising musicians. Designated the first Composer in Residence at Anthology Film Archives, Zorn has composed new musical scores for classic avant-garde films in the institution’s celebrated Essential Cinema repertory screening series.

John Zorn, saxophone
Ikue Mori, computer
Jorge Roeder, bass
Kenny Grohowsk, drums 

Film No. 16: Oz: The Tin Woodman’s Dream, 1967, 15 minutes.
Restored by Anthology Film Archives and The Film Foundation with funding provided by the Hobson/Lucas Family Foundation.

Film No. 15 (Untitled animation of Seminole patchwork patterns), c. 1965–66, 10 minutes.
Restored by Anthology Film Archives.

Film No. 11: Mirror Animations, c. 1957, 4 minutes.
Restored by Anthology Film Archives.

Public programs for Fragments of a Faith Forgotten: The Art of Harry Smith developed in consultation with Andrew Lampert.

Free with Museum admission. Admission is on a first-come, first-served basis.

The Susan and John Hess Family Theater is equipped with an induction loop and infrared assistive listening system. Accessible seating is available.

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