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Date: April 16, 2017

Time: 7:00 PM

City: San Francisco International Film Festival

Venue: Castro Theatre

Presenter: San Francisco Film


Running time: 65

To close out the San Francisco International Film Festival’s 60th anniversary celebration, Kronos Quartet performs a new score by composer Jacob Garchik to accompany “The Green Fog,” a visual collage by award-winning filmmaker and cultural iconoclast Guy Maddin.

Maddin, assisted by his Forbidden Room collaborator Evan Johnson, set himself the challenge and constraint to remake Vertigo without using any footage from the Hitchcock classic, creating a “parallel-universe version,” in his words. Using Bay Area-based footage from a variety of sources—studio classics, ‘50s noir, documentary, experimental films, and ‘70s prime-time TV—and employing Maddin’s mastery of assemblage technique, seen in work like My Winnipeg and Brand Upon the Brain, the result exerts the inexorable pull of Hitchcock’s twisted tale of erotic obsession while paying tribute to our fair city and the ways it looks and feels through the medium of cinema.

Composer Jacob Garchik, who was born in San Francisco and has worked with the Kronos Quartet since 2006, fashions a score that collides and converses with Maddin and Johnson’s irreverent and loving footage to create a distinctive musical extravaganza. Both filmmakers and composer are excited to include a live Foley element, the “Old Hollywood” method of creating special sound effects.

At the 58th SF International Film Festival, Kronos performed Aleksandra Vrebalov’s score to Bill Morrison’s Beyond Zero: 1914–1918.

The Green Fog – A San Francisco Fantasia was commissioned for the Kronos Quartet by SFFILM, with support provided by Nion McEvoy and Stanford Live.

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