Nanook of the North with Live Score
***Back by Popular Demand***
Saturday, April 30, 2011 at 7:30PM
Robert Flaherty’s Nanook of the North
(with live score by Nathan Reimer, Mark Penner, cellist Edvany Klebia and Silva guitarist Aaron Shorr and Inuit throat singer Nikki Komaksiutiksak.)
Special Event: $12 / $10 members
Robert Flaherty’s silent documentary, Nanook of the North, was a landmark film of its genre about Inuit hunter Nanook as he struggles to survive with his family in the severe conditions of the Hudson’s Bay territory. This special presentation will feature live instrumentation with an original score by Nathan Reimer and provides a classically ambient and folky arrangement, marked by traditional Inuit music and other sounds of the north.
From Uptown Magazine April 28, 2011
A live musically enhanced presentation of the landmark silent film Nanook of the North returns to Winnipeg
An incomparable presentation of a silent cinema classic comes back to Cinematheque this Saturday night.
After a successful performance in February 2010, Nanook of the North will once again screen accompanied by a live, original score by Nathan Reimer of Winnipeg funk/dance group Moses Mayes, and featuring Inuit throat singer Nikki Komaksiutiksak.
Rounding out the featured musicians this time will be cellist Edvany Klebia and Silva guitarist Aaron Shorr. The special event is $12, or $10 for Cinematheque members; tickets can also be purchased at Cinematheque’s online store here.
“It was standing room only last year,” says Cinematheque programming coordinator Dave Barber. “We had to turn people away.”
Presented as part of a body of films on the Hudson’s Bay Company, put together by local filmmaker Kevin Nikkel, the same program and presentation of Nanook (albeit with a recording of Komaksiutiksak’s voice) recently went on the road to the Metro Cinema in Edmonton, from Apr. 16-18.
“Hopefully it will be a great success again, so we can continue to present such screenings,” Barber says.
Cinematheque has offered many such enhanced silent film screenings over the years, including a rafter-shaking pipe organ accompaniment to The Hunchback of Notre Dame, an industrial sound landscape for Battleship Potemkin and a Futurist-like score for Metropolis.
“These presentations are expensive, however,” Barber says. “We were only able to repeat this show because we received sponsorship from Red River Outfitters.”
Reimer’s experimental, ambient score aims to capture the “tone and feeling of the north,” the musician told Uptown in February of last year.
“This kind of approach is totally open to creativity, and artistically, it’s much more interesting,” Barber also said in February 2010. “It totally enhances a silent film.”
– Kenton Smith