“Man with a Movie Camera” is an avant-garde Russian film from 1929. It’s a highly experimental documentary that aimed to test the boundaries of what film could do and show. We’d never heard of this silent film until bandleader Justin Sherburn of Montopolis contacted us last week.
Montopolis composed a score for “Man with a Movie Camera,” and they will be performing it at the Texas Theatre next month.
Modern indie rock ensembles composing and performing scores for silent films is a trend we can get into. Austin-based My Education performed its score for “Sunrise” at the Oak Cliff Film Festival in June, and it was 94 minutes of amazement. At least, it was for me.
Sherburn is on tour right now with another great band, Okkervil River, but he is taking time to bring “Man with a Movie Camera” on a little tour of Texas in September.
The film screens, with Montopolis performing, at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14 at the Texas Theatre. Tickets cost $10.
Here is a teaser: