Wednesday, November 02, 2011

AAK! PSA: Classic Korean Movie Screening in D.C. This Friday

Here is a nice free screening of Madame Freedom in Washington D.C., this Friday.

Date: Friday, November 4, 2011, 7 p.m. 

Venue:  Meyer Auditorium of Freer Gallery, in the Smithsonian complex.

One of the defining films of the “golden era” of Korean cinema in the 1950s, Madame Freedom was a template for Korean films in the 1960s and influenced them well into this century. This melodrama about marital infidelity was the first large-scale commercial box office success after the Korean War, and it tapped into contemporary tension between modernity and tradition.

In celebration of the reopening of the Freer’s Korea gallery, Paul D. Miller, aka DJ Spooky, creates a new score for this classic film combining a string duo and turntables, edited live using his innovative iPad/iPhone mixing software. (Dir.: Han Hyung-mo, Korea, 1956, 125 min., Korean with English subtitles)

Paul D. Miller, aka DJ Spooky, is a composer, artist, and writer whose work bridges hip hop, multimedia art, and avant-garde music. His work as a media artist has appeared in the Whitney Biennial as well as at Kunsthalle, Vienna, and the Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, among many other museums and galleries. Rebirth of a Nation, his live rescore of D.W. Griffith’s Birth of a Nation, was commissioned in 2004 by the Lincoln Center Festival, Spoleto Festival USA, Weiner Festwochen, and the Festival d'Automne a Paris. It has been performed in venues around the world.

For more information, please visit the website of the Freer Gallery.

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