Queering Sound & Image
March 10th - Workshop & Panel
“…the visual shot is a container, a container of time and space with definite spatial and temporal borders, whereas with sound it is just the opposite.” Michel Chion
The Rotunda (4014 Walnut Street, Philadelphia PA 19104)
Artist, filmmaker and sound artist, Catherine Pancake, presents a special workshop and panel regarding SOUND FOR FILM from a diverse theory and identity perspective. The workshop is supported by Pancake's 2016 Leeway Foundation Art & Social Change Grant awarded for sound work for Pancake's current feature documentary in progress "Queer Genius."
The workshop is free and open to the general public for diverse sound technicians, musicians, filmmakers, theorists and those who love thinking about and creating sound tracks for film and moving image. The interactive workshop will touch on technical, creative, and political issues regarding sound for film and moving image projects.
The workshop will be followed by a panel and community discussion celebrating and responding to diverse approaches to sound for film. The panel includes local artists Iris Devins, John Morrison, Deidre Maitre, and Emily Bate.
CATHERINE PANCAKE is an award-winning filmmaker and sound artist currently living in Philadelphia PA. Her films have screened at museums (MoMA) and festivals as well as broadcast internationally (PBS, Sundance Channel.) Recent commissions and gallery exhibitions have been discussed in Artforum, Vice, and on NPR.
IRIS DEVINS is a writer, director, producer and 2017 Sundance Film Festival Knight Fellow. She works in narrative and documentary film with an emphasis on intersectionality. Her documentary work has screened across the United States, Latin America, Canada, and Europe. She received funding from the Leeway Foundation Art and Change Grant to complete post-production on her narrative short, After the Date. The film portrays a romance between a trans woman and a straight man. The relationship flourishes, and the two face oppression from the outside world. She completed her MFA in Film and Media Arts at Temple University. She has worked as a freelance filmmaker, editor, graphic designer, and film instructor.
EMILY BATE is a Philadelphia-based singer, composer and harmony fanatic. Recent projects include choral theater piece "Going Down Mount Moriah," and frequent collaborator Erin Markey’s anarcho-musical "A Ride on the Irish Cream," which she co-composed and performed in. The music in Irish Cream was “accessible, often punchy pop-rock” (New York Times), whose “soaring musical numbers” (Artforum) were “startlingly gorgeous, and packed with heavenly harmonies” (New York Post). Other upcoming collaborations include pieces with The Bearded Ladies and MJ Kaufman, and music for the film "Queer Genius" by Catherine Pancake. emilybate.com
JOHN MORRISON is a musician, DJ, and music critic located in West Philadelphia. He had deep interests in African-American musical culture rooted in Philadephia influenced by outsider and Afro-futurist thought. Morrison’s music reviews and interviews with cultural figures have been published by the Philly Voice.
DEIRDRE MAITRE received a BA in History & Film from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst where she was closely mentored by pioneer, award-winning filmmaker Liane Brandon. She is a graduate of the MFA program in Film & Media Arts at Temple University, with an emphasis of study in narrative and documentary. Her works have aired on local and national television and throughout the film festival circuit. Notable selections include New Directors / New Films (MoMA and The Lincoln Center), LA Film Festival, Mill Valley International Film Festival, Seattle International Film Festival, Denver Starz, Chicago International Film Festival and Cinemigrante Buenos Aires with positive reviews from significant publications including IndieWire, Filmmaker Magazine, The Hollywood Reporter, The Wall Street Journal, Screen Daily and Film Journal International.
March 26th - Live Performances
6:30pm to 9:30pm
The Rotunda (4014 Walnut Street, Philadelphia PA 19104)
The second of two "Queering Sound & Image" events by Catherine Pancake supported by her 2016 Leeway Art & Social Change Grant.
The LIVE event will feature artists who are currently composing works for inclusion in Pancake's "Queer Genius' documentary. The event will showcase performances by Moor Mother, Sarah Hennies & Emily Bate. Pancake will screen preview clips from the documentary Queer Genius.
Sarah Hennies (b. 1979, Louisville, KY) is a composer and percussionist currently residing in Ithaca, NY. Her work is primarily concerned with an immersive, psychoacoustic presentation of sound brought about by an often grueling, endurance-based performance practice that Nathan Thomas of Fluid Radio described as "a highly sophisticated and refined performance technique...that starts and ends with listening and encourages a different way of listening from its audience." She received her M.A. in percussion from the University of California-San Diego in 2003 where she studied with renowned percussionist Steven Schick, and is currently a member of Meridian, a percussion trio with Tim Feeney and Greg Stuart. Prior to relocating to Ithaca, Hennies was based in Austin, TX, for ten years where she performed with the Austin New Music Co-op, The Weird Weeds and a variety of other projects.
Emily Bate is a Philadelphia-based singer, composer and harmony fanatic. Recent projects include choral theater piece "Going Down Mount Moriah," and frequent collaborator Erin Markey’s anarcho-musical "A Ride on the Irish Cream," which she co-composed and performed in. The music in Irish Cream was “accessible, often punchy pop-rock” (New York Times), whose “soaring musical numbers” (Artforum) were “startlingly gorgeous, and packed with heavenly harmonies” (New York Post). Other upcoming collaborations include pieces with The Bearded Ladies and MJ Kaufman, and music for the film "Queer Genius" by Catherine Pancake. emilybate.com