Artist Q&A will follow the performance.
Here’s your chance to see “trailblazing examples of female energy, anger, transgression, rebellions and explosive hilarity in early cinema” (Silent London). Shining a spotlight on female rebellion, cross-dressing, gender burlesque, and slapstick comedy, these films are drawn from a new collection curated by Laura Horak, Elif Rongen-Kaynakci, and UMN’s Maggie Hennefeld. This screening, “oozing with every which sort of feminist imagery” (Maggie Hennefeld), is set to live, original music by Dreamland Faces (Karen Majewicz and Andy McCormick) with dynamic colorings from Northrop’s own historic pipe organ (Molly Raben).
Maggie Hennefeld will provide an introduction at the top of the program and—following the event—will moderate a panel discussion with Lynne Kirby (documentary television producer), Andy McCormick (artist, Dreamland Faces), and Julie Schumacher (Regents Professor, Department of English and Creative Writing Program, University of Minnesota).
“trailblazing examples of female energy, anger, transgression, rebellions and explosive hilarity in early cinema … rarely-seen silent films about feminist protest, slapstick rebellion, and suggestive gender play.”—Silent London
“Falling in love with Dreamland Faces might appear, at first, like falling in love with Buster Keaton … Or silent film itself.” —Star Tribune
“For nearly two decades, Karen Majewicz and Andy McCormick have composed and performed dozens of scores for silent films filled with accordion, organ and the warbling of a musical saw. The duo sets the mood, builds the mystery and cues the mayhem.” —Star Tribune