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 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 includes:
Sat, May 30 - "Show People" with a score from Cafe au Lait
A Hollywood hopeful pulls out all the stops in her effort to become a movie star while juggling her romantic relationship with a popular film comedian. Many top Hollywood stars, including Marion Davies's real-life chum, Charlie Chaplin, make cameo appearances in this appealing behind-the-scenes comedy. For a taste of Cafe au Lait's Motown and Afro-Cuban inspired jazz/funk blend, check out the band's website.
Sat, June 27 - "Dr. Plonk" with a score from Onion Loaf
An eccentric and brilliant scientist attempts to convince the Prime Minister that the world will end in this 2008 tribute to the silent-era slapstick classics. Dr. Plonk may be living in 1907, but he has recently discovered that mankind's time on Earth is about to expire and travels across time to prove it. Onion Loaf's melodic psychedelic rock is tinged with a distinct blend of funk, reggae, and improvisational jamming, which you can hear here.
Fri, Jul 24 - "Silent Movie" (PG) with a score from Trailer Hounds
Mel Brooks stars in this 1978 slapstick comedy as a once-famous comedy director, who with his faithful assistants, return to Hollywood with plans for a comeback. The studio agrees to his plan for a silent film, but he has to crisscross the country to recruit a cavalcade of stars first. Trailer Hounds brings their funky best to the film, a sample of which you can hear here.
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.