On December 8, PICA and Northwest Film Center present a screening of filmmaker Danny Williams films in their entirety with musical accompaniment by composer T. Griffin and Catherine McRae, also known as The Quavers. Williams was a onetime lover/collaborator with Andy Warhol. His niece, filmmaker Esther B. Robinson will be present for the screening.
The program includes Factory Film (1965), which features intimate footage of Warhol along with other factory stars (screened silent); The Velvet Underground and The Velvet Underground Eat Lunch (1965), which features the impossibly young-looking, pre-fame band rehearsing and clowning around (silent); and Harold Stevenson PT 1 and PT 2 (1966), with live accompaniment by Griffin and McRae, who have created a score for guitar, violin, samples and Walkman.
Fashioning an immerse, oceanic abstraction of bubblegum pop, LaMonte Young-inspired drones and, of course, the music of The Velvet Underground, the score takes its cues from modern ambient artists like Tim Hecker and Belong. Griffin and McRae have collaborated on live soundtrack experiments with filmmaker Jem Cohen, theater directors Anne Bogart and Richard Maxwell, and musicians including Vic Chesnutt and Tom Verlaine.
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