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IRIS encourages musicians to create live movie soundtrack

Posted on 20 March 2017

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​​The Interactive Research Centre for Interactive Storytelling (IRIS), based at Leeds Trinity University, invites film buffs and musicians to create a live musical soundtrack to early 20th century silent Russian film, Man with a Movie Camera.

The experimental 1929 film, directed by Soviet-Russian director Dziga Vertov, will be screened at Wharf Chambers in Leeds on Tuesday 21 March from 8.00pm. Members of the audience are invited to bring along an instrument to join in with the live, improvised performance soundtrack, or to listen and enjoy the event.

Graham Roberts from the International Research Centre for Interactive Storytelling (IRIS) at Leeds Trinity University, said: 

“The film was originally released as a silent film in 1929, but was accompanied in theatres with live music. Since then, it has been released with different soundtracks, and as part of this IRIS event, which coincides with the global anniversary of the Russian Revolution, we were keen to create a new soundtrack with musicians across the city.”

Voted as the eighth greatest film ever made in 2012, Man with a Movie Camera is an avant-garde documentary film that presents urban life in Soviet cities during the early 20th century. 

It is the first in a series of events organised by IRIS in 2017, which land upon a number of anniversaries including the anniversary of the Russian Revolution this month, and concluding with the celebration of 30 years of punk in July.

Find out more information about the screening, visit IRIS’s event page on Facebook - or just turn up on the night to take part. Run time of the film is 68 minutes.​​