Also Tonight: The Maldives + SIFFPosted by Suzi Pratt
SSG was eager to get in on some Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) action this year, so when we heard about SIFF’s Face the Music Live Events series, we got excited. Now in its seventh year, this year’s series will feature three special live music events relating to film. Tonight’s show will see Ballard’s own alt-country band The Maldives perform an original live score to a 1925 silent western film, Riders of the Purple Sage. The film is said to be action-packed for its time, full of cowboys, shootouts, stampedes, and more. Legendary Hollywood cowboy Tom Mix is the starring actor of this classic Western film. Read more about the film on SIFF’s website. Having never seen a film with a live score being played, I have no idea what to expect, but it’s certain that we’ll get to hear some brand new Maldives material tonight.
Other Face the Music Live Events include Stephin Merritt of the Magnetic Fields performing his live score to the 1916 silent film 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, and pianist Donald Sosin providing live accompanying music for Bu Wancang’s silent Chinese comedy A Spray of Plum Blossoms.