THE AURORATONE PROJECT: NEW FRONTIERS IN PSYCHIATRIC CINEMA
An Original Commission for POP Montreal 2012
Dir. Various Artists, 2012.
Canada. 60 min. with films + lecture/presentation.
THURSDAY, MARCH 14 - 8:00 PM - ONE NIGHT ONLY!
The Auroratone Project is a commission of original short films by experimental Canadian filmmakers. Set to the music of participating artists from the 2012 POP Montreal's festival roster, this program premiered in the festival's Film POP component in fall of 2012.
‘Auroratones’ were abstract musical films used in mental institutions and army hospitals after WWII as a means of soothing post-traumatic stress disorder and general mental disturbance. The technique was invented by amateur filmmaker Cecil Stokes, who was continuing on nearly two centuries of previous pseudo-scientific attempts to correlate colour with musical notes. Stokes’ version of these ‘colour organs’ was one of many new-fangled post-war media technologies in which Bing Crosby invested large sums of money (see: videotape).
For POP Montreal, filmmakers Leslie Supnet (Manitoba), Emily Pelstring (Quebec), Jon Rafman (Quebec), Alex MacKenzie (BC), Walter Forsberg (Manitoba), Leslie Bell (Alberta), Jaimz Asmundson (Manitoba), Cheryl Hann (Nova Scotia), Tamara Scherbak (Quebec) and Sabrina Ratte (Quebec) were approached to create original abstract films guided by the synaesthesiac principles of Cecil Stokes’ Auroratone technology. As an added bonus, project mentor Walter Forsberg will give a lecture on the Auroratone’s bizarro historical context before screening the only surviving original Auroratone made by Stokes, as well as an all-new Auroratone by actress and animator Kate Dollenmayer (Mutual Appreciation, Funny Ha Ha).
Cheryl Hahn // “Genesis” by Grimes
Leslie Supnet // “Reed Letters” by Cresting
Jon Rafman // “New World Bassnam” by Lil’ B
Emily Pelstring // “So Lillies” by Julia Holter
Tamara Scherbak // “Talk to Me” by Peaches
Sabrina Ratté // “The Piano Drop” by Tim Hecker
Walter Forsberg // “Tell Her What I Said” by The Sadies
Kate Dollenmayer // “Monad” by Chris Cohen
Leslie Bell “Colorado” // by Grizzly Bear
Alex MacKenzie // “Parallels” by The Soft Moon
Jaimz Asmundson // “Crystal Fortress Over the Sea of Trees” by Yamantanka//Sonic Titan
AURORATONE: NEW FRONTIERS IN PSYCHIATRIC CINEMA
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