The Avant-Garde Alliance brings original live scoring to experimental films


The Life and Death of 9413, A Hollywood Extra
  • The Life and Death of 9413, A Hollywood Extra

In The Life and Death of 9413, A Hollywood Extra, a man goes to Hollywood to become a star, but when he fails, he has to wear the number 9413 on his forehead. After that, he dies and goes to heaven, and the number is removed.

If you haven't guessed already, The Life and Death of 9413 is not some PBS documentary, but an experimental silent film, made in 1928 by Robert Florey. This short film will screen at the Roxy Saturday night, along with other shorts like L'Étoile de mer, a 1928 film directed by Man Ray, which depicts a couple acting through scenes shot out of focus.

Best of all, the films will be live scored with original music by the Avant-Garde Alliance, a group of musicians-about-town, including drummer Derek Smith, guitarist and bassist Matt Olson, sax player Nathan Hoyme, guitarist and bassist John Sporman and synth player Ben Weiss. These guys are all pretty familiar with experimental arts—Sporman, for instance, has live-scored films for several years as NextDoorPrisonHotel.

If you're looking for a little bizarro world in your world—and who isn't?—this is it.

The Avant-Garde Alliance presents an evening of experimental films accompanied by a live original score at the Roxy Sat., Sept. 26. Doors at 8:30 PM, show at 9 PM. $10. All ages.

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