2021 Festival

Georges Méliès Showcase ft. Heartland Klezmorim LIVE [FREE]


Presented in partnership with the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University.

This unique program features Heartland Klezmorim performing live score to Georges Méliès short films! The captivating documentary FURY OF THE DEMON will follow the performance.

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

Cost: FREE

Documentary Feature, Folk, Short Film

Film Information

George Méliès Shorts w/ LIVE MUSIC [2017]

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 includes: Cendrillon (Cinderella), The Terrible Turkish ExecutionerA Crazy Composer, The Enchanted Well, and The Living Playing Cards.

Georges Méliès / 1902 / 20 minutes / Silent / France

Film Information

Fury of the Demon

A captivating investigation that takes us on the traces of violent riots having taken place throughout the XIXth and XXth centuries, caused by a rare, fascinating and dangerous film: Fury of the Demon, attributed to French cineaste Georges Méliès. Through conversations with journalists, filmmakers, historians, experts

Through conversations with journalists, filmmakers, historians, experts and psychologists, this new full-length documentary pulls back the veil on the most cursed and disturbing movie ever made.

From mysteries to mysteries, from questioning to questioning, discover the truth about the lost movie that that shakes the film world for over a century.

Fabien Delage / 2016 / 60 minutes / English / 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.