POSTED: Saturday, May 25, 2013 - 8:00am
UPDATED: Saturday, May 25, 2013 - 8:04am
Baton Rouge, La — Baton Rouge Gallery’s popular and inventive summer film series kicks off its 2013 season tonight with the Oscar-winning 2011 film, "The Artist." It will be set to a live, never-before-heard score for the film performed by jazz/funk fusion band Captain Green.
The film will be shown on a towering inflatable screen on the lawn behind BRG inside BREC’s historic City Park. As always, the screening begins at 8:00 p.m. (or sundown – whichever comes last) and the $5 price of admission includes free bottomless popcorn.
This year’s Movies & Music on the Lawn series includes five unique marriages of film and music, breathing new life into iconic silent films with some of southern Louisiana’s best contemporary musicians. Diversity is embraced this year with films ranging from the romantic to the unsettling, the romantic romances to the action-packed. The same is true of the music with styles like jazz and funk, bluegrass, indie pop and ambient chamber rock all playing a part in the year’s series.
The gallery is honored to partner with BR Motion, Whole Foods Market 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 again in 2013.
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).
"The Artist" (2011) is a love letter and homage to classic black-and-white silent films. The film is enormously likable and is anchored by charming performances from Jean Dujardin, Bérénice Bejo, John Goodman, James Cromwell and others. Dujardin stars as silent movie star George Valentin, who finds himself in late-1920s Hollywood wondering if the arrival of talking pictures will cause him to fade into oblivion. He soon makes an intense connection with Peppy Miller, a young dancer set for a big break. As one career declines, another flourishes, with "The Artist" telling the engaging story with humor, melodrama, romance, and--most importantly—not a single spoken word.
"’The Artist’ is a perfect fit for the gallery to kick off its 2013 Movies & Music on the Lawn series because both have the same goal: Reinvigorate our love of silent film with unique presentation," explains BRG Executive Director Jason Andreasen. "Just as the film did when it became an international success in 2011, this series has been breathing new life into silent film for local audiences for ov! er twenty years. We couldn’t be more excited to breathe new life into it on the back lawn with Captain Green."
Captain Green was born in the muddy waters of south Louisiana in 2010. A favorite at festivals, and local music venues, they playfully proclaim "intergalactic space funk" is the name of their game. Fusing together electric jazz and New Orleans style funk, the seven-piece ensemble creates a unique sound that is as high-energy as it is entrancing (as can be heard on their debut release, "Everywhere is Where It’s At"). The band brings their unique interpretation of "The Artist" to BRG’s Movies & Music on the Lawn having performed alongside other silent films featured in the series in 2011 and 2012.
Movies & Music on the Lawn series will continue with monthly events through September with five exciting events. After the May 25 event, the series will i! nclude Righteous Buddha performing a new score for Buster Keaton’s "The General" (Saturday, June 29), "The Black Pirate" with music by The Breton Sound (Saturday, July 27), England in 1819 reimaginging the score for the iconic "Nosferatu" (Friday, August 30), and Clara Bow starring as the original "it girl" in "It" with music from bluegrass darlings Polly Pry (Friday, September 27).
For more information on Baton Rouge Gallery’s Movies & Music on the Lawn series, call 225-383-1470 or visit batonrougegallery.org.