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Acclaimed Indie Rock Band “Montopolis” Scores Silent Film “Man with a Movie Camera”

After selling out their Alamo Draft House performances in Austin and receiving critical acclaim from KUT 90.5 and The Austin Chronicle among others, indie rock band Montopolis is bringing their score for Dziga Vertov's "Man with a Movie Camera" to Dallas' Historic Texas Theater in Oak Cliff on Friday, September 14, 2012.

Part modern classical chamber ensemble, part seasoned indie rock band, Montopolis is the brainchild of Justin Sherburn (Okkervil River), an Austin indie rock veteran and renowned composer for television and film. Learn more about this performance and download an excerpt from the score at:

Check out a trailer for the movie here:

Man with a Movie Camera Trailer

Russian cinema pioneer Dziga Vertov's controversial 1929 film has been called "one of the most daringly experimental films ever made" (The Onion AV Club). Famed film critic Roger Ebert noted "the film (still) seems fresh today: 80 years later and that the "experience of Man with a Movie Camera is unthinkable without the participation of music."

Sherburn's score combines a string trio, hand made analog synthesizers, and a rock rhythm section. It continues the exploration in scoring he began with the Long Center production of "The Red Balloon" in 2010, which the Austin Chronicle called "sublime" and the Austinist wrote was both "heart-breaking and heart- soaring." Sherburn's new group is Andy Beaudoin, Lindsay Greene, Joseph Shuffield, Michelle Alany, and Andrew Noble.

The film stylishly highlights the buzz of everyday city life in the city of Odessa, Ukraine as seen through the eyes of a roving cameraman. Many cinematic devices are used to comment on vision, life, and modernity. It is famous for the range of cinematic techniques Vertov invents, depolys, or develops, such as double exposure, fast motion, slow motion, freeze frames, Dutch angles, footage played backwards, and stop motion animation.

Who: Montopolis
What: Classic silent film with live music
When: Friday, September 14, 2012
8-10 p.m.
Where: Texas Theater
231 West Jefferson Boulevard
Dallas, TX 75208 (Map)
How Much: $10 Advanced Tickets, $12 At the Door
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