About this Event
Häxan (1922) directed by Benjamin Christensen with a live score by GODTEASE
About the film:
Grave robbing, torture, possessed nuns, and a satanic Sabbath: Benjamin Christensen’s legendary silent film uses a series of dramatic vignettes to explore the scientific hypothesis that the witches of the Middle Ages and early modern era suffered from the same ills as psychiatric patients diagnosed with hysteria in the film's own time. Far from a dry dissertation on the topic, the film itself is a witches’ brew of the scary, the gross, and the darkly humorous. Christensen’s mix-and-match approach to genre anticipates gothic horror, documentary re-creation, and the essay film, making for an experience unlike anything else in the history of cinema. 105 minutes, Black & White. from criterion.com
Elizabeth (Liz) T. Vazquez is an artist, writer and filmmaker from Los Angeles. They currently are an artist-in-residence at the Philosophical Research Society as well as a screenwriting fellow at the American Film Institute Conservatory.
Sophie Alieninova is an LA-based performer, composer, and music educator whose project godtease explores improvisational audio narratives centered around the decimation of her native Russian tongue and accompanied by analog circuitry and undulating rhythms. Her passionate performances explore noise as ambience as she takes from her pipe organist foundation to create an improvised hymnology which challenges the boundaries of the Russian language and the rigidity of classicism.
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Event Venue & Nearby Stays
Philosophical Research Society, 3910 Los Feliz Boulevard, Los Angeles, United States