Movies & Music on the Lawn (Presented by Whole Foods Market) Pairs Silent Films with Live, Contemporary Local Bands for a Unique Fusion of Sight and Sound
Movies & Music on the Lawn, Baton Rouge Gallery’s (“BRG”) popular and inventive summer film series, typically pairs up 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).
This year, BRG will be infusing some fresh air into the series with three silent films made in the past ten years ("Dr. Plonk, "Blancanieves" and "La Antena"), one from the 1970s (Mel Brooks' "Silent Movie") and another about silent film, made right at the end of the silent-era of film ("Show People").
The screenings, which take place May through September, begin at 8 p.m. (or sundown – whichever comes last) and the $7 price of admission includes free bottomless popcorn.
In 2015, the gallery is honored to partner with Presenting Sponsor Whole Foods Market as well as the series' other sponsors: John G. Turner & Jerry G. Fischer, Forum 35, JCW Productions and Compliance Solutions Group. It is through their generosity - and that of other series sponsors - that the gallery is able to continue to bring this unique event to the community.
In 2014, the Movies & Music on the Lawn series included 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 the 2014 series.
The 2015 slate of films and bands has thus far included "Show People" with a score from Cafe au Lait (May 30), "Dr. Plonk" with a score from Onion Loaf (June 27) and Mel Brooks' "Silent Movie" (PG) with a score from Trailer Hounds.
Fri, Aug 28 - "La Antena" with a score from Ship of Fools*
In this highly stylized and breathtaking 2007 film from Argentina, the evil "Mr. TV" has stolen the voices from everyone in the city, except for one woman. The film follows a small family as they fight to give the people back their voices and stop his evil plans once and for all. Providing the score for the film will be Ship of Fools, a four-piece band with powerful vocals, folk guitar, classically-inspired cello and intricate drumming, all of which can be found on the band's Facebook page.
Fri, Sept 25 - "Blancanieves" (PG-13) with a score from Burris*
The story of Snow White is updated in this 2012 film from Spanish director Pablo Berger. However, in this reimagination, she's the daughter of a bullfighter who follows in her father's footsteps and meets a band of bullfighters who make up for their lack of height in spirited ways. Providing a never-before-heard score for the film will be the Lagayette and Baton Rouge based band, Burris, which describes its sound as "a gumbo of music." The band has shared the stage with George Porter Jr., Rebirth Brass Band, GIVERS and many more while claiming influences from Frank Zappa to Blood, Sweat and Tears. Find out more about Burris here.
*The films being shown in August and September may contain visuals/subjects not appropriate for all audiences. Parental discretion is advised and suggested. Those curious are invited to email BRG's Executive Director for more information regarding these films.
Admission to Movies & Music on the Lawn is always free for BRG members and just $7 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.