San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Other Minds proudly presents a one-day film festival in celebration of the 100th birthday of maverick composer/artist/essayist John Cage. Taking over the Roxie Cinema on Saturday, September 22, "John Cage & Friends" features wildly entertaining and rare archival footage of the iconoclastic master and his pioneering collaborators -- including choreographer Merce Cunningham, artist Robert Rauschenberg, and musician/tech guru David Tudor. It's nothing less than a mind-blowing overview of radical art practice.
Hailed as "an inventor of genius," Cage infamously explored new possibilities for the construction and performance of music, including the 'prepared piano,' use of everyday objects and chance operations in composition, and a recognition of silence. His investigations and achievements were paralleled by his longtime partner and collaborator Merce Cunningham, and friends Robert Rauschenberg and David Tudor. These historic films provide an invaluable touchpoint for artists, composers, and performers today.
The Other Minds Film Festival gives audiences a first-hand experience of Cage and Cunningham performing and discussing their work - a central influence on twenty-first century art. Curated by filmmaker Peter Esmonde (Trimpin: The Sound of Invention).
The VIP Festival Pass includes -
- Priority seating and tickets to all four screenings (2:00, 4:00, 7:30, and 9:30 P.M.)
- The Other Minds 18 Microtonal Ragas by John Cage CD
- Limited edition John Cage & Friends t-shirt
- Paella dinner (drinks not included) at a table with some of John Cage's former Bay Area friends! This event will be held between screenings, from 5:30-7:00 P.M., at the Picaro Tapas Restaurant directly across the street from the Roxie Theater. Dinner guests include sound sculptor Trimpin, Other Minds Artistic & Executive Director Charles Amirkhanian, percussionist William Winant, composer/conductor John Kennedy, dancer Holley Farmer and others to be announced.