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Films at Moogfest

While most people know Moogfest for its performances, workshops, and installations, they also host a surprisingly diverse amount of films. The genres span from surrealist horror to documentaries and even futuristic sci-fi. Although you will not find many romance films here, I am sure you will fall in love with the beauty of the cinematography and creativity. These films exhibit why film is such unique medium of art. They combine visual and auditory elements so that each works to its strengths and creates something truly special.  

One of the main film programs is titled FUTURE PROJECTIONS. This is a 9-part screening program of short films and videos that present futuristic audiovisual concepts and put on display the sheer amount of creativity from the creators.  These films highlight some of North Carolina’s very best filmmakers and musicians including Brendan and Jeremy Smyth, Edward Rankus, Bill Brown and Sabine Gruffat. Each film takes you through a separate journey, with some being guided by occasional live soundtracks from artists at Moogfest.

Many of the films featured at Moogfest are very exclusive. One such film is “The Three Grace’s Triptych”. It was created by Detroit electronic duo ADULT and focuses on the aesthetic of Midwestern horror. I am not quite sure what to expect from this film, but the fact that this film has only been presented in very few locations and will be accompanied by a live score makes it one of my most anticipated moments of Moogfest.

If exclusivity doesn’t float your boat and you would rather take your chances with a safer film, then perhaps you should check out It Follows, one of my personal favorites of last year. This lo-fi horror movie, is scored by Rich Vreeland (Disasterpeace), who has experience scoring TV shows, videogames, most notably Fez, and other films. The soundtrack to It Follows sounds straight out of a retro 80’s film where the horror genre was not dominated by jump scares. Following the screening there will be a discussion with Disasterpeace about the background and inner working of the score.

Other notable Films include “Lunar Orbit” a documentary about one of the pioneers of ambient house music, The Orb, and their unique creative process and the story of their music.  This will be a North American premiere screening with a conversation from the artists following the screening.

For more information on Films at Moogfest check out the lineup at http://sched.moogfest.com/

Written by DJ Kevin Cossio 

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Non-Music News

EOT158 Student Short Film Showcase 2/3/15

Eye on the Triangle is WKNC’s weekly public affairs programming, with news, interviews, opinion, weather, sports, arts, music, events, and issues that matter to NCSU, Raleigh, and the Triangle. This week on EOT:

We continue our breakaway from tradition with another live discussion! This week features students and faculty involved with the Student Short Film Showcase. Guests include Dr. Sara Stein, an associate professor in communication who teaches a film class at NC State, and Marc Russo, a senior multimedia specialist in art & design, and he teaches a class that focuses on animation. Students participating in the showcase joined us as well. They are Aaron Cook, Jennifer Stilley, Donna Salberg, Alyssa Barrett, and Margo Jordan.

Join us as the professors explain some of the process behind creating these types of pieces, with students offering insight from their own experiences as they relate to the pieces that will be screening in the coming weeks.

Catch the Short Film Showcase on February 11th in the Talley Ballroom at 7pm or again in the Hunt Library Auditorium at 7pm on the 19th. More information can be found on the library website

Nick Savage and the EOT crew bring you another edition of “Eye on the Triangle,” live each Tuesday at 7 p.m. on WKNC 88.1 FM and wknc.org/listen and available as a downloadable podcast.

Listen to episode 158.

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Non-Music News

WKNC//Schoolkids Records MUSIC MOVIE NIGHT

Were you worried your Wednesday night wasn’t going to have enough musical inspiration? Well, don’t fret because WKNC and Schoolkids Records have partnered up to bring you the first ever MUSIC MOVIE NIGHT, a brand new monthly series of music documentary and movie screenings at Schoolkids Records in Mission Valley! This Wednesday at 7pm, we’re kickin’ it off with Gandulf Hennig’s “Fallen Angel: Gram Parsons.”

“As the founder of the Flying Burrito Brothers, a member of the hit-making, legendary Byrds, an important influence on the Rolling Stones and the man who catapulted Emmylou Harris to fame, Gram Parsons made music history in only a few years…Friends, contemporaries and devotees of Gram Parsons talk about the importance of his work and the bizarre circumstances of his early death. Rare footage of his performances shows why Gram Parsons has become a legend.”

This event is free and open to the community!

Schoolkids Records will have beer available on tap:
Bells Two Hearted Ale
Long Rider Sweet Josie
Sweetwater 420 
Shiner Bock
Dogfish Head Punkin Ale
Big Boss Harvest Time
And over 8 more cans/bottles of various craft beers and cider!

WKNC will have freebies and merchandise available!

Join the Facebook event page for updates!

Parking is available in the Mission Valley parking lot.  Come hang out with us on Wednesday!  We’ll see you there!

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Music News and Interviews

Animal Collective’s film is quite Odd(sac)

Oddsac’s name, in my opinion, is very fitting. After witnessing the cinematic events unfold at the special screening at Varsity Theatre in Chapel Hill, Animal Collective’s “Visual Album” has left my mind opened with many odd impressions. (And no, I haven’t been doing any hard drugs. The good news is you don’t have to do drugs to “understand” the concept. I’ll explain later.)

Oddsac is an experimental film featuring psychedelic visuals and music by Animal Collective. However, don’t make the same mistake I did and assume it’s a string of music videos that mix seamlessly together for the entire fifty-four minutes. If I had to sum up my experience in one or two sentences, I would probably include the following phrases, “snippets of horror, Itunes visualizer, and classic Animal Collective sound.” All in all, I will admit I was a bit disappointed. The musical interludes of Animal Collective were short lived, pasted periodically amidst the chaotic splash of color, which at first were captivating, but then grew mundane. Instead of constant music, director Danny Perez, who worked closely with the band, chose to add periods of noise, crashes, screams, and everything in between.

Speaking from my film student perspective, I felt Perez’s strengths with Oddsac lay with his captivating live-action footage. There is a strong focus on nature itself, where we find the camera placed in the darkest of forests, beside the murkiest of waters, and stranded in a desert of stone. These are breathtaking spectacles, which are something to appreciate despite the confusion and short attention span of the film’s editing pace. After the screening, the audience was fortunate enough to hear from Danny Perez himself and the Geologist, electronic specialist of the band, who were present at the screening. Perez seemed to calm my uneasiness as I sought answers for the on-screen events. After an inquisitive student asked about the symbolism of the film, Perez reiterated his distaste for films that promote a message or agenda. Instead, the director expressed his view of the film as music. With music, a listener can hear the same song multiple times, but express different emotions each time he or she hears it. With narrative films, that message is locked into a single idea that cannot be manipulated or changed. Oddsac isn’t meant to press into a hidden or higher meaning. Instead, we can only open our minds to the film and take it for what it is.

For more information about future screenings, go to the film’s website.