Event information:

Film: The Vanquishing of the Witch Baba Yaga
Musicians: Sleep Decade
Venue: Howler
Date: 30th of April, 2015


film Synopsis

Jessica Oreck’s acclaimed ‘The Vanquishing of the Witch Baba Yaga’, a fusion of documentary footage and hand drawn animated storyboard panels. Questioning our relationship with the natural world, the film plays on our instinctual fear of the wilderness, and conflictingly, the constant threat we pose to nature. Oreck explores these themes through playful philosophy, thought provoking poetry and impressionistic 16mm shot images of gorgeous Romanian, Hungarian and Polish forests and countrysides (extraordinarily shot by cinematographer Sean Price Phillips).

The spine of the film is the animated re-telling of the traditional Slavic folktale of a young brother and sister who are lost in the depths of a forest and are made to barter for their lives with the powerful force of nature, the Witch Baba Yaga.

The 'Vanquishing' is a mesmerising journey through dense forests of thought with a particular focus on family, nature, ritual and shared memory.


musicians

The musicians for this Hear My Eyes performance are Monty Hartnett, Casey Hartnett and Thom Plant, who collectively make up the band Sleep Decade. Monty and Casey also currently play in Melbourne based bands Sagamore, Love Migrate, Dreamin’ Wild and Mallee Songs, as well as producing their own solo music.

The musicians will combine analogue synthesis, guitars, bass, drums, saxophone and tape loops to create a series of ambient and experimental soundscapes. Using these instruments the musicians’ will exhibit their personal interpretations of the film.


Sleep Decade performing live at Howler - Photography by Rowan Chase


venue

Howler, 7-11 Dawson Street, Brunswick, VIC 3056
Thursday, April 30 at 8:00pm


Hear my eyes reviews

The film explores a cultural love affair and simultaneous fear of nature and the wilderness and will be scored live with instruments including analogue synthesisers, guitars, bass, drums, saxophone, clarinet and tape
loops to create a totally different film experience.
— Sarah De La Rue, Broadsheet Melbourne
One for all you film nerds out there, the 16mm shots of the visually stunning Romanian, Hungarian and Polish forests and countrysides are truly
captivating. Pair that with an ambient and experimental
soundscape and you’ve got yourself quite
an extraordinary Thursday night.
— Hannah Valmadre, Concrete Playground

film reviews

The Vanquishing of the Witch Baba Yaga, is an enchantingly shot visual essay from Jessica Oreck about the sylvan soul of Eastern Europe
— Nicolas Rapold, New York Times
Amazing. The Vanquishing of the Witch Baba Yaga is a slow, profound, utterly mesmerizing piece of cinema
— Asher Govatos, Next Projection


Sleep Decade performing live at Howler - Photography by Rowan Chase