Man with a Movie Camera with DJ James Whetzel

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Russia | 1929 | 68 Minutes | Dziga Vertov

October 22, 2014

Live, original score performed by James Whetzel

After performing at SIFF Cinema in March of this year, musician James Whetzel headed to Kickstarter and successfully raised the funds for a recorded version of his unique and inspiring original soundtrack for one of the most innovative and influential films of the silent era, Dziga Vertov's 1929 masterpiece The Man With a Movie Camera. He returns for this special encore presentation. 

Special presentation
$15 | $10 Members | $14 Seniors & Youth
SIFF Passes and Vouchers are not valid for this program

Man With a Movie Camera makes the camera its hero, showing scenes of Russian people at work and at play, intercut with images of the machines that endlessly whirl to keep the metropolis alive. Featuring dynamic experiments with montage, trick photography, dissolves, split-screens, slow-motion, freeze-frames, rapid editing, and animation, the film continues to wow audiences even today.

Performing a live, original soundtrack is classically trained sarod and tabla player, singer, beat maker, and producer James Whetzel. Known as the beloved and innovative DJ for the Seattle Center's International Fountain, Whetzel is also coordinator for Seattle Parks Busker program, and initiated the "on-hold" music program of the city of Seattle.

For more on Whetzel's process in developing his unique music for the film, visit the project's Kickstarter page.

  • Director: Dziga Vertov
  • Country: Russia
  • Year: 1929
  • Running Time: 68 Minutes
  • Format: HD Video