Baton Rouge Gallery’s Movies & Music on the Lawn Closes the 2014 Season with Buster Keaton's "Steamboat Bill, Jr." and a Never-Before-Heard Score from The Fugitive Poets
Movies & Music on the Lawn, Baton Rouge Gallery’s (“BRG”) popular and inventive summer film series, pairs up some of the most iconic silent films of the 1920s and 30s with the best local, contemporary bands in our area. The band performs a never-before-heard score for the film, which is projected on a huge inflatable screen on the lawn behind the gallery (inside BREC’s historic City Park).
As always, the screening begins at 8 p.m. (or sundown – whichever comes last) and the $5 price of admission includes free bottomless popcorn.
The gallery is honored to partner with Whole Foods Market, Dairy Queen, The V Shop, PreSonus and John G. Turner & Jerry G. Fischer as sponsors of this year’s series. It is through their generosity that the gallery is able to continue to bring this unique event to the community.
In 2014, the Movies & Music on the Lawn series again includes five unique marriages of film and music, with films ranging from the romantic to the unsettling, the comedic to the action-packed. The same is true of the music with styles like Americana and ambient chamber rock, electronic and experimental folk all playing a part in 2014 series.
With the next installment in the 2014 series, Movies & Music on the Lawn will be screening "Steamboat Bill, Jr.," arguably one of Buster Keaton's most action-packed and gasp-worthy films.
Making good on a promise made to his mother, William Canning Jr. (Keaton) goes to River Junction to meet his father, who he hasn't seen since he was a child. The younger Canning is not quite what the elder was expecting but he has bigger problems. His rival, J.J. King, who has recently introduced a luxurious new paddle wheel steamboat, is putting him and his more modest vessel, The Stonewall Jackson, out of business. Keaton's character and the daughter of his father's rival take a liking to each other much to the dismay of both of their fathers. When a fierce storm hits River Junction, Bill Jr. is forced to save Kittyand both their fathers through a series of heroic and dangerous feats.
With better than ten years performing together, The Fugitive Poets will perform an original, never-before-heard score for the film. They offer an eclectic fusion of folk, rock, blues, swing, old time and bluegrass that, like a fine whisky, blends its many component flavours and essences into a rich unity that pleases the discerning musical palette. While usually classified as Americana and Folk, The Fugitive Poets really defy strict classification, And you can imagine that with seven accomplished singer/songwriters, there is never a dull moment!
(Originally, the Southern University Marching Band was scheduled to perform at the final Movies & Music on the Lawn event but had to pull out due to "university-mandated obligations.")
Admission to Movies & Music on the Lawn is always free for BRG members and just $5 for non-members. Free, unlimited popcorn is included in the price of admission. The screening begins at 8 pm (or sunset – whichever comes last).
For more information on Baton Rouge Gallery’s Movies & Music on the Lawn series, call 225-383-1470.