Movies & Music on the Lawn - Presented by Whole Foods Market - Continues with 'Peter Pan' and The (New) Zeelanders
Baton Rouge Gallery's Movies & Music on the Lawn continues this month against the backdrop of BREC's City Park. Over the past 18 years, the popular summer film series has paired up dozens of iconic silent films with the best local, contemporary bands in our area. Each band performs a never-before-heard score for the film, which is projected on a huge inflatable screen on the lawn behind the gallery.
The screenings, which take place towards the end of the month begin at 8 p.m. (or sundown – whichever comes last) and the $7 price of admission includes free bottomless popcorn.
This year's series is once again presented by Whole Foods Market and in honor of BRG's 50th anniversary, we'll be celebrating a few of the very best pairings of bands and films from the program's recent history. The first five presentations will all be leading up to a special event in October when BRG brings back the film (Nosferatu) and band (The eXpanded Trio) from the very first Movies & Music on the Lawn (October, 1998).
On Friday, August 26, the 1924 silent version of "Peter Pan" will get the Movies & Music on the Lawn treatment once again from a great group of local musicians, The (New) Zeelanders. The Chicago Reader in 2011 called the film, "one of the loveliest movies for and about children ever made." The story, originally by J.M. Barrie, is one that almost everyone knows. But one thing that makes this version special is that the actress who plays the film's titular character (Betty Bronson) was Barrie's personal choice to play the part.
Providing the score for the film, as they did in 2010, will be The (New) Zeelanders. This group is made up of musicians from various bands who came together to play at Movies & Music on the Lawn events for years. They have played on the back lawn for horror films, adventure films, kids films and more during their years supporting the program.
This year, we want to make sure to say a special thank you to The (New) Zeelanders because some of the band's members were terribly impacted by the recent flooding in our area. Yet, the band members wanted to play for this event and offer others in our area the chance to enjoy some levity and a great film. Thank you all!
This year's series:
Friday, May 27 - 'The Adventures of Prince Achmed' with a live score from Righteous Buddha
Saturday, June 25 - 'The Artist' with a live score from Captain Green
Saturday, July 30 - 'Metropolis' with a live score from Matsy
Friday, August 26 - 'Peter Pan' with a live score from The (New) Zeelanders
Friday, September 30 - 'Sunrise' with a live score from Minos the Saint
Friday, October 28 - 'Nosferatu' with a live score from The eXpanded Trio
This year, in addition to our Presenting Sponsor, Whole Foods Market, BRG is proud to partner with Forum 35 and The Grind as the series' other sponsors. 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.
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.