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THE AURORATONE PROJECT: NEW FRONTIERS IN PSYCHIATRIC CINEMA

08/03/2013

tl_files/media/images/2012_AURORATONEweb.jpgTHE AURORATONE PROJECT: NEW FRONTIERS IN PSYCHIATRIC CINEMA

An Original Commission for Film POP 2012
Artistes divers | 60 min.

After a sold-out screening in Montreal as part of Film POP 2012, and a satellite screening in CAIRO, EGYPT last fall, Film POP’s AURORATONE PROJECT makes its way south of the border for a U.S. Premiere at Brooklyn’s SPECTACLE Theatre!

Thursday March 14, 8:00pm
SPECTACLE
124 South 3rd Street, Brooklyn, New York  (between Bedford Avenue and Berry Street)
Admission $5

The Auroratone Project is a commission of original short films by experimental Canadian filmmakers set to the music of POP Montreal’s 2012 participants. ‘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, invented by film enthusiast Cecil Stokes who was continuing on nearly two centuries of previous pseudo-scientific attempts to correlate colour with musical notes. 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) and Sabrina Ratte (Quebec) were approached to create original abstract films guided by the principles of Cecil Stokes’ Auroratones. In addition to the commissioned films, restorationist/archivist and co-curator Walter Forsberg will give a historical overview of the Auroratone and screen the only remaining original Auroratone (for Bing Crosby’s ‘When the Organ Played “O Promise Me”‘).

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