Berlin Techno Collective Discovers Raymond Scott

17 01 2015

LOCAL SUICIDE

Got an email a few weeks ago from Anastasia “Sissi” Rada, who is a Berlin based harpist who also studied electronic music.  She had just discovered Raymond Scott and realized (quite rightly in my opinion!) that among other accompllshments he was in many ways the father of Techno (which is a huge cultural phenomenon in Berlin).

Though her electronic music studies were at the university level there hadn’t been anything about Raymond Scott in her courses–an all too common omission!  Having discovered and immersed herself in in Scott music and lore over the past month or so, Sissi decided to help right a wrong by writing an article for Local Suicide–the famous DJ Collective she belongs to.in Berlin (no, I don’t know how they arrived at that name–love to hear from someone who does!).  As part of that lively and entertaining article (with a lot of RS YouTube clips for musical examples) she sent me a number of questions which I did my best to answer, the interview is at the end of the article. Not directly film related, but hope you’ll allow me the freedom of going a bit off topic.  Here’s the link.

And thanks to Sissi for her hard work on this, and a big welcome to her on joining the ever growing ranks of the Raymond Scott faithful who work tirelessly to try and make sure the world gives my father the recognition he deserves!

–Stan Warnow





Happy Birthday Dad! Plus German Radio Interview

10 09 2013

Wanted to take a moment note that my father was born 105 years ago today.  And of course my film is an ongoing birthday gift to him (and I hope it will be a gift that keeps on giving).

Stay tuned for more developments.

And at the moment, if you’re a German speaker, you can literally tune in to a WDR (German national radio network) podcast of a piece about Raymond Scott done by Christian Kosfeld.  The piece aired on September 9th, (timed to be near the birthday), but this link is to the podcast info, so you should be able to listen to it here.  And here is the overall info page. I was interviewed for it, along with Gert-Jan Blom (who spoke in English) , so there are a few English snippets, but there are only brief introductory excerpts followed by German translations with the English under, so it’s really best for German speakers!

Anyhow, thanks to Christian for making this all happen!

—Stan Warnow





Deconstructing Dad for Dad’s Day!

2 06 2013
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So you could get your dad another unneeded tool for his workshop, or another unneeded tie for his closet (though I don’t think most people even wear ties any more, do they?).  But you get the idea — a DVD of Deconstructing Dad would of course make a terrific and original Father’s Day present for the Raymond Scott fan, or any electronic music loving,  Looney Tunes loving, or jazz history loving…..Dad!

And even if your Dad doesn’t fall into those categories, don’t forget the film is also very much about fathers and sons, parents and children, and some of the best reactions I’ve had from people who have seen it have been from people who responded and were moved by the father son aspect, so I think it would be the ideal present for any Dad, though as the filmmaker, yes I’m a bit prejudiced in favor of the film.  Here’s the link to order the DVD:

And of course if you want to get something a bit more traditional, you can also get film related and Raymond Scott related t-shirts (and other shirts and items) from our Merch Table.

Either way you’ll be helping to support independent film and of course….. .me!downbeach award sjw

Delivery to the USA generally takes about a week or so, so as of this posting, there’s still plenty of time until the big day on June 16th.  And if you read this close to the date, expedited shipping is available…..

Thanks!

—Stan Warnow





Melbourne Australia Screening June 2nd

22 05 2013

ACMIG’day, and delighted to announce that the film will be shown down under on Sunday, June 2nd at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image as part of their Jazz on Film series.  CMI is located in the heart of Melbourne’s famous meeting place, Federation Square, and was founded to celebrate , explore and promote the cultural and creative richness of the moving image in all its forms — film, television and digital culture.  Of course we here at scottdoc.com are thrilled to be included in this program, and it represents a new milestone in the film’s history as this is the most far flung event to date.

The screening will be held at 2pm at the ACMI theatres within the centre complex, here’s a link to theACMI page for the screening.  Tickets start at $11 for members, regular price is $15.

Wish I could be there, but it’s a long and expensive trip so unfortunately I can’t be.  But if you’re in the area hope you can make it.

Thanks to Centre Programmer Spiro Economopoulos for seeking the film out for this series…..

—Stan Warnow





London Screening Tuesday March 12th!

8 03 2013

Random header image at NonclassicalIt’s been awhile since there has been a UK event, but that changes next Tuesday March 12th when the cutting edge London based Nonclassical, a musical artists collective composed of “the next generation of classical performers, composers and promoters who are redefining the rules, and breaking out of the constraints of the traditional classical concert hall.”

Sounds good to me, and I’m so happy that as part of their Pioneers of Electronic Music event they are devoting a night to Raymond Scott, and the film is part of that.  Here’s a link to their listing for the event, it starts at 7:30 pm and the address is Hackney Picturehouse, 270 Mare Street London E8 1HE.

Though the film has been shown elsewhere in the UK this is in fact the London premiere!  Unfortunately I can’t make the trip to England at this time, but hope those of you who live anywhere in the greater London area can attend…

—Stan Warnow

 





Albuquerque Screenings March 8-10

25 02 2013

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Thrilled to announce that the film will be at the Guild Cinema in Albuquerque, New Mexico for three nights, the weekend of March 8-10.  The Guild is my favorite kind of theater, run by and for true film lovers. It’s the only real art house left in Albuquerque, and I’m delighted they’re going to show Deconstructing Dad, and equally delighted that I’m going to be able to attend in person for the Friday and Saturday night screenings — we’ll be doing Q&As after the shows, and following the independent filmmaker’s rules of the road I’ll have DVDs for sale.

The Guild is located at 3405 Central Avenue NE Albuquerque, NM in the heart of the historic Nob Hill district, and the phone number is (505) 255-1848.    

So if you’re located anywhere near Albuquerque, hope to see you there!

—Stan Warnow





2012 — Do Look Back

30 01 2013

It’s been another year full of lots of events for the film, so time to look back at 2012 and to thank once more those who made the last 12 months another very memorable year.  As I did last year I’m beginning with thanks to all who have purchased the DVD and viewed the film at festivals and other events — your support of independent film is inspiring and hugely appreciated.

Left to Right, Tom Rhea, Stan Warnow, Isil Bagdadi, Jeff Winner, Herb Deutsch at the Quad Cinema

Though I was as busy as ever with film related activities, there weren’t any showings in the first few months of the year, but then in July the film opened theatrically at the Quad Cinema in Manhattan.  Of course this was a major milestone for the film and for me, and particular and perpetual thanks to my fabulous publicist, Isil Bagdadi of Cavu Releasing, who made sure the word got out to all the right people about the film’s opening.  We got wonderful NYC and national reviews which have led to all kinds of possibilities I hope will come to pass in 2013.  Huge thanks as well to Elliot Kanbar of the Quad who is a true lover of all kinds of film and a great friend to and supporter of independent filmmakers.  And thanks to the Quad staff for their hard work and for making me feel so welcome during the film’s run.  And of course thanks to to Tom Rhea, Jeff Winner, and Herb Deutsch for supporting the film by attending the opening and participating in Q&As.

As part of the Quad opening I was also interviewed on radio and for various publications.  Particular thanks to Bruce Bennet of the Wall Street JournalDoug Doyle and Michael Bourne of WBGO, Leonard Lopate of WNYC and Michael Shelley of WFMU, and to all the other media folks who were kind enough to help promote the film and write nice things about me.

In September the film was at the Buffalo Film Festival, thanks to Ed Summer and Roberta Friedman for making it all happen.   October brought the film to the Earshot Jazz Film Festival in Seattle, thanks to Adam Sekuler, the programmer there for presenting the film.  And then in November the film was presented at the Cleveland Art Museum much gratitude to John Ewing who runs their film program for having the film there.

And as always ongoing thanks to those musicians around the world who help keep the music of Raymond Scott alive: Stu Brown in Glasgow for all he’s done for Raymond Scott’s music and my film in the UK, to Adam O’Callaghan in Montreal, Miguel Malla and Raculmuto in Madrid, the revived Raymond Scott Orchestrette in New York, Quintette 7 and Kristen Mathis of the West Point Band, guitarist and music historian Skip Heller who has some wonderful moments in the film, Don Byron, one of the first contemporary musicians to revive Raymond Scott music, and the newest members of this ever expanding yet very exclusive group the MeaNensamble from Norway!  Plus the other groups from (including the DJs), who play Raymond Scott music one way or another. Finally, as always, perpetual thanks to Gert-Jan Blom, Irwin Chusid, and Jeff Winner (co-producer of the film) — the Raymond Scott brain trust — who are great colleagues, friends, and consultants.  Their work on the Raymond Scott legacy remains an ongoing inspiration to me…

Happy New Year to all!

—Stan Warnow








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