RE-SCORED celebrates the contributions and artistry of film composers in our community and, through a live performance setting, it is also an experiment in capturing that moment when music and image embrace into one, evoking emotions and creating indelible memories. A mixed-media event featuring groundbreaking composers, emerging talent, and legendary artists who will perform alternative live scores for short films from Visual Communications’ award-winning filmography. — Joel Quizon
Pre-Program reception starts at 5:30 PM at 341FSN (341 E 1st Street, Los Angeles).
DJ:LA (Jerry Chan / USA / 2007 / 5 mins)
DJ:LA remixes the frenzied sights and sounds of the Los Angeles landscape to uncover the rhythm and melody of the city. It takes inspiration from turntablism — the record manipulation techniques of a DJ — and attempts to translate it to film.
MOCHI MONSTER (Van Troi Pang / USA / 1985 / 2 mins)
Troi Pang, who was only 13 years old when he animated this film, gives us a humorous and energetic story of a radioactive mochi-monster that disrupts Japanese new year’s. When a truck tips over near where the beloved traditional mochi is being made, a chemical leak from the truck spills onto the mochi. A monster is then born and begins to terrorize the community of Little Tokyo. No one can stop the living, breathing tower of steamed rice cake until a monk’s sutras silences its roars.
THE JOURNEY (Pat Lau, Glen Iwasaki / USA / 1972 / 6 mins)
Dr. Neon W. Tungsten, a scientist at Kilowattage Fluorodynamis, has isolated himself from the real world in his cluttered laboratory. Although he has the ability to work with high-tech devices and gadgets, Dr. Tungsten relies on his robot to help with such mundane tasks as tying his shoelaces. On one day, “Doc” ventures out of his lab into the colorful, wondrous outside world in search of a strange light in the distance.
LITTLE TOKYO HOME MOVIES ( Yasijiro Kawasaki / USA / 1934 / 27 mins)
Home movie of pre-World War II Los Angeles, including the Little Tokyo neighborhood in Downtown Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Harbor. Footage documents Downtown Los Angeles night traffic, the annual Nisei Week Parade in Little Tokyo, ships at the harbor, and construction. This internegative was obtained through a restoration process performed on the original 1930s 16mm film.
CITY CITY (Duane Kubo / USA / 1974 / 12 mins)
The vibrancy of the City of Los Angeles is expressed through an intricate interweaving of optical print effects. Alternating between “night” and “day,” Los Angeles is revealed to be energized by the multitudes of people who inhabit its throughways, parklands, urban centers, and beaches. CITY CITY not only offers an abstract view of a contemporary city and the people who inhabit it — it is perhaps the most “symphonic” of all films produced by Visual Communications.