Film: The Vanquishing of the Witch Baba Yaga
Musicians: Sleep Decade
Date: 30th of April, 2015
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.
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.
Howler, 7-11 Dawson Street, Brunswick, VIC 3056
Thursday, April 30 at 8:00pm