IIn an era when film has been reduced to the tiny screens of our laptops and ipods, oftentimes viewed alone, Cinema 16 resurrects communal viewing experience. Cinema 16 revives the silent film era in which live music would accompany black and white 16mm projections. Taking from the tradition of vaudeville, the performance is showcased at a variety of spaces. Each monthly screening modernizes the tradition of silent film by pairing contemporary musicians with vintage shorts.
Named after the New York-based avant-garde film society in 1947 and inspired by Maya Deren’s Greenwich Village exhibition of experimental films, Cinema 16 pairs edgy contemporary musical artists with silent films, curated by Molly Surno. The performances meld the worlds of art, film and music.
Postmodern and edgy these events give films a new identity by scoring live contemporary music. Surno has commissioned a wide range of musicians to interpret her short film programs. Cinema 16 has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Filmmaker Magazine, NYLON, Time Out New York, Interview Magazine, among countless other publications.