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First Wednesday at BRG

 

Baton Rouge Gallery’s Movies & Music on the Lawn Continues on Friday, August 29 with Hitchcock's 'The Lodger' & an Original Score from England in 1819

 

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 MarketDairy QueenThe V ShopPreSonus 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 "The Lodger," arguably Alfred Hitchcock's suspenseful - and perhaps most famous - silent film. A critic for the Chicago Reader wrote in 2000 that it was Hitchcock at his "most innovative."

British matinee idol Ivor Novello plays Jonathan Drew, a quiet, secretive young man who rents a room in a London boarding house. His arrival coincides with the terrifying actions of Jack the Ripper and as the film progresses, circumstantial evidence begins to mount, pointing to Drew as the Ripper himself.   

Performing a never-before-heard score for the film will be England in 1819. They began in Baton Rouge as a nine-piece experimental/orchestral group using drums, bass, guitar, piano, oboe, french horn and an opera singer. Utilizing a wide dynamic range, the sound was sometimes fragile and other times monstrous. Light and delicate sections developed and expanded into powerful anthemic endings.

The duo of Andrew & Dan Callaway now use electronic drums and synths to create their unique ‘grandwave’ sound. They’ve held on to their wide range of texture and volume, still enjoying the thrill of emotional crescendos. Andrew’s smooth vocals and Dan’s soaring french horn are the ethereal counterparts to their thick synths and pounding beats. The addition of electronics gives the music underlying pulse, forming danceable grooves that build into driving, rhythmic surges.

 

Learn more about the series’ other upcoming events:

Friday, September 26: Our Grand Finale for the year features Buster Keaton's "Steamboat Bill, Jr." and a never-before-heard score from a band yet to be determined.* 

*The Southern University Marching Band, which had originally been scheduled to perform alongside the Keaton film, has pulled out from the event due to "university-mandated obligations." We are working now to schedule a new band for this special event.

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.