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January 04, 2018

Bicoastal theatrical debut of “Green Fog” includes special events with David Harrington, Guy Maddin

We are thrilled to announce that The Green Fog — A San Francisco Fantasia will have its theatrical debut this Friday, January 5th, on both the East and West Coasts of the United States at the Roxie Theater in San Francisco and the IFC Center in New York City.

Kronos’ artistic director, founder and violinist David Harrington will be present at the first of four screenings at the Roxie for a Q&A on 1/5 at 7:00 p.m.

Iconoclastic filmmaker and The Green Fog co-director Guy Maddin will be present at three of the four screenings at the IFC Center for Q&As on 1/5 at 8:55 p.m. and 1/6 at 4:50 p.m. and 8:55 p.m.



Commissioned last year by SFFILM with support from Nion McEvoy and Stanford Live, The Green Fog — A San Francisco Fantasia is a film collage by Guy Maddin, Evan Johnson and Galen Johnson that features an original score composed by Jacob Garchik and now recorded by Kronos. The experimental film is assembled from 200 sources – studio classics, 50s noir, documentaries, experimental films, 70s prime-time TV – that were filmed in and around San Francisco. Over the process of planning and making the film, The Green Fog became a meditation on one of Maddin’s favorite films: Vertigo, Hitchcock’s film from 1958 that was famously shot in San Francisco and stars Jimmy Stewart and Kim Novak.

As Maddin said in an interview last year, “The bits and pieces floating up reminded us of Vertigo and they seemed to be insisting, kind of like the Whos in [Dr. Seuss’s] Horton Hears a Who, I’m not quite sure who that final Who was that finally shouted ‘Vertigo!’ loudly enough in our ears to tell us to organize our footage around it. [It became a] kind of a mischievous, super-quixotic task.”

On the score, Garchik wrote on Twitter today: “It’s unrelated to [Bernard] Herrmann’s masterpiece, but I did try to give it a mid-century palate. I even wrote a wordless ‘love theme’ set to the lyric ‘San Francisco.’”

The film has previously been screened at the San Francisco International Film Festival and Vancouver International Film Festival, but with the score performed live by Kronos to accompany the film. Kronos will perform live to the film again at Stanford Live in April.

The New York Times reviewed the film today, writing, “A marvel of film scholarship… As a chronicle of how San Francisco has changed over the years — and as a salute to the city’s role as a back lot for masters like Erich von Stroheim and Howard Hawks — ‘The Green Fog’ is a wonder of excavation and urban history. What it says about Hitchcock is more ambiguous… if trying to recreate a lost object of obsession from the materials at hand was Hitchcock’s subject, then he couldn’t ask for a more fitting tribute.”

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