2020 Festival

Archived: BLAT! Pack Documentary & Heartland Klezmorim LIVE

This unique program features Heartland Klezmorim performing live score to Georges Méliès short films! The BLAT! Pack Documentary will screen following their performance.

Lansing Public Media Center / 2500 S Washington Ave, Lansing MI 48910

Cost: $5 / Tickets: At the door only

Animation, Documentary Short, Folk, Short Film

Film Information

BLAT! Pack Live

Originating in Lansing, Michigan, the hip-hop collective BLAT! Pack is featured live in concert. Glimpses of behind the scenes rehearsals added to concert highlights showcase a talented group of artists creating their own unique brand of hip-hop music.

Jeffrey C. Wray and Tama Hamilton-Wray / 2016 / 36 minutes / English / USA

Film Information

Georges Méliès

Georges Méliès, a professional magician by training, first saw the new “moving pictures” in 1895. Little over a year later, Méliès was filming and projecting his own creations. By accident, he discovered that he could use stop-motion photography to render trick visual effects. Méliès was also the first to use techniques such as the fade-in, the fade-out, and the dissolve to create the first real narrative films. Méliès made over 500 films, including his most famous – A Trip to the Moon (1902) (Voyage to the Moon). Méliès, trained in classic eighteenth century theater, conceived all of his films in terms of fully played-out scenes. Unable to keep up with the changing industry, the end of his life was wrought with poverty, yet his films would be monumental stepping stones for great auteurs of the future. Our selection being played include :

L’Homme a la tete de Caoutchouc (The Man with the Rubber Head)
Le Diable Noir (The Black Imp)
Le Monstre (The Monster)
Le Voyage dans la Lune (The Trip To The Moon)

Georges Méliès / 1902 / 20 minutes / Silent / France

Artist Information

Heartland Klezmorim Bio

Heartland Klezmorim, Michigan’s only traditional klezmer band, began their musical journey in 2006 performing old-time klezmer music. Since that time, their repertoire has expanded to performing jazz interpretations of klezmer music, music from the Yiddish Theater, and performing as a pit band for a vaudeville show. Heartland Klezmorim observes the traditions in klezmer music as well as adding a few new sounds.