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Friday, August 14

9—9:45am

Welcome Breakfast [Cindy’s Café]

10—11:15am

Cinematic Notes: Stuart Canin, Overture to the Cold War with Sam Ball & Stuart Canin [Studio E]

11:30—12:45pm

Cinematic Notes: Chagall, Katchor, and Sfar – Painting with Music [Studio E]

1—2:15pm

Cinematic Notes: Musical Documentaries with Liam Romalis & Jason Charters, lunch provided [E]

2:30—3:45pm

Session TBA with Shawn Murphy [Studio E]

4—5:30pm

Revolutionary Film: From the Past to the Future with Stephen Winter [Studio E]

6—7:15pm*

BSO Prelude [Ozawa Hall]

8pm*

BSO Concert led by Thomas Adès and featuring violinist Leila Josefowicz [Shed]

Saturday, August 15

10—11:15am

Session TBD [Studio E]

11:30am—12:45pm

Session TBD [Studio E]

1—2:15pm

Film Music Comes to the Concert Hall with Frank Lehman, lunch provided [Studio E]

2:30—4pm

Film Projection as Live Performance with Haden Guest [Studio E]

5—6pm

The Big Idea†, Power of TV & Film to Unite with Soledad O’Brien [Ozawa Hall]

8pm*

John Williams’ Film Night featuring the Boston Pops led by Keith Lockhart [Shed]

Sunday, August 16

10—11:15am

Session TBD [Studio E]

12:30—1:30pm*

Sunday Showcase: Topic TBD [Theatre]

2pm*

TMCO Concert led by Christoph von Dohnanyi and featuring pianist Francesco Piemontesi [Shed]

* Not included in TLI Weekend package, please purchase separately
† Also sold separately

Friday, August 14

9—9:45am | Welcome Breakfast [Cindy’s Café]

10—11:15am | Cinematic Notes: Stuart Canin, Overture to the Cold War [Studio E]

Sam Ball, director and co-founder Citizen Film and Stuart Canin, violin
The Rifleman’s Violin—a documentary produced by Abraham D. Sofaer for the Hoover Institution Library and Archives, along with a soundtrack for NPR’s Deceptive Cadence—is a riveting “you’re there” account of an extraordinary intersection of history that took place at the end of WWII when a 19-year-old rifleman was summoned to “the little White House” in Potsdam, Germany to play violin for President Harry S. Truman and a startling guest list. Years later, Canin would win the Paganini Competition. He’d become an internationally acclaimed concertmaster for Seiji Ozawa, Kent Nagano, John Williams...but he was never so nervous as when he performed for Joseph Stalin. Following the documentary short, the audience will be treated to a repeat performance of the program Canin performed at Potsdam 75 years ago, to break the ice of negotiations between Truman, Churchill, and Stalin that would determine the postwar fate of the world. Music by Wieniawski, Kreisler, de Falla, Tchaikovsky.

1—2:15pm (lunch provided) | Cinematic Notes: Musical Documentaries [Studio E]

Liam Romalis and Jason Charters, Riddle Films
Filmmakers Liam Romalis and Jason Charters (Riddle Films) present the American premiere of Joel Krosnick: What to Play Next?, their behind-the-scenes profile of the celebrated cellist and his four decades with the Juilliard String Quartet. Romalis and Charters will then screen excerpts from their newest works, including the Emmy-nominated Dreaming of a Jewish Christmas, the amazing story of 20th century composers and songwriters who invented the soundtrack to Christmas. Specialists in the musical documentary form, Charters and Romalis will discuss creative, logistical and technical approaches to capturing musical performances for the screen.

Lunch Option # 1
Pastrami, Pickles, Boston Bibb lettuce and Whole Grain Mustard on Rye

Lunch Option # 2
Curried Chicken Salad with Red Grapes on a Fresh Baked Croissant

Lunch Option # 3
Dressed Garden Vegetables with Radish Sprouts and Brie on a White Wrap

2:30—3:45pm | Session TBA [Studio E]

Shawn Murphy, recording engineer

4—5:15pm | Revolutionary Film: From the Past to the Future [Studio E]

Stephen Winter, Williams College
Revolutionary film can be found outside the prestige movie system: the Skid-Row studio, the ‘controversial’ film, the banned film, the independent film, the female director, the person of color director, the Genre flick, the B-movie, the Queer film. From the proto-feminist Marion Crane in Psycho to modern Shogun Samurai assassin Adelaide/Red in Jordan Peele’s Us, one can find radical uplift by new examination of images that look from the past into our future.

Saturday, August 15

10—11:15am | Session TBD

11:30am—12:45pm | Session TBD

1—2:15pm (lunch provided) | Film Music Comes to the Concert Hall [Studio E]

Frank Lehman, Tufts University
'Film Night' at Tanglewood is now a beloved annual tradition but hearing movie music performed live by symphony orchestras like this was not always so popular. This presentation traces the long history of bringing film music into the concert hall, emphasizing the role of figures like Prokofiev, Korngold, Kunzel, and especially Boston Pops Laureate conductor John Williams. Focusing on Williams's concert arrangements, we will consider the process of transforming parts of a movie score into satisfying standalone compositions and ask whether film music might one day be considered just another form of Classical Music.

Lunch Option # 1
Roast Turkey with Crisp Bacon, Brie, Cranberry Sauce, Dijon Mayo and Caramelized Onion on a Roll

Lunch Option # 2
Ham, Cheddar, Apple, Romaine, Caramelized Onion and Honey Mustard on a Roll

Lunch Option # 3
Caprese with Heirloom Tomatoes, Fresh Mozzarella, Basil Puree

2:30—3:45pm | Film Projection as Live Performance [Studio E]

Haden Guest, Harvard Film Archive

5—6pm | The Big Idea:

Soledad O’Brien, award-winning journalist, documentarian, entrepreneur, and philanthropist
In conjunction with TLI Film Weekend, Soledad O’Brien explores the uniting force that storytelling on television and in film provides in today’s society. The Big Idea is supported by Marillyn Tufte Zacharis.

Sunday, August 16

10—11:15am | Session TBA

A native of Northampton, MA, Sam Ball directs documentary films and site-specific multimedia art installations for San Francisco based Citizen Film, the nonprofit production company he co-founded in 2002. His work has been widely exhibited at many of America’s most prestigious venues, from the Sundance Film Festival to the Museum of Modern Art – New York. Citizen Film’s collaborations with nonprofits and independent producers have been widely circulated by PBS, HBO, IFC, TLC, etc. and Citizen Film engages an audience of approximately 1 million people per year, on public media platforms, in public parks and libraries, and in other civic venues around the US. Much of Ball’s work draws connections between civic engagement and the arts. For example, the recent PBS documentary American Creed (screening at the Jewish Federation of the Berkshires, August 13th at 10:45am, followed by facilitated dialogue), which Sam directed and co-produced, centers around a spirited transpartisan dialogue between the Pulitzer Prize-winning author David M. Kennedy and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice about what it means to be American. The film includes a segment about how artists, as citizen-activists, can advance the ideals of the civil rights movement and build bridges in turbulent times. Over the years, Sam has collaborated with many musicians and sound artists to design atmospheric video projections for museums or create public multimedia events.

 

Haden Guest is Director of the Harvard Film Archive where he curates the HFA cinematheque and its motion picture, manuscript and photographic collections.He has curated film programs for the Viennale, the Oberhausen Film Festival and the Gulbenkian Foundation and Museum in Lisbon where he organized the twelve part Cinema Dialogues: Harvard at the Gulbenkian (2013-15)Guest also oversees the Harvard Film Archive’s preservation program which focuses on independent and avant-garde cinema, but also recently preserved the previously lost Robert Flaherty film A NIGHT OF STORYTELLING, rediscovered in 2013 in Harvard’s Houghton Library. As Senior Lecturer in Harvard’s Department of Art, Film, and Visual Studies, Guest teaches courses on film history and archival practice. He holds a PhD in Film History from the University of California, Los Angeles. He is currently writing a critical history of Portuguese cinema after the 1974 Carnation Revolution. In 2015 Guest was awarded a Medal of Cultural Merit by the Secretary of Culture of Portugal, in recognition for his work curating and researching Portuguese cinema. He was a producer of Soon-Mi Yoo’s SONGS FROM THE NORTH, winner of major prizes including a Golden Leopard at the 2014 Locarno Film Festival, the DocLisboa Prize for Best First Feature and the Jury Prize at the Buenos Aires International Film Festival. 

 

Frank Lehman's research centers on the structure and cultural background of film music. He has published his work on music and the moving in books, leading journals, and edited volumes, as well as in numerous public musicology venues. His analysis of the music of John Williams's Star Wars saga has been featured in The New Yorker, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Boston Globe, on NPR, and in numerous podcasts and interviews. He has given talks on film music structure and psychology around the country. His thematic catalogue for the music of Star Wars has become the authoritative reference for anyone performing, studying, teaching the musical themes and leitmotifs of this famous saga. Professor Lehman serves as the Director of Undergraduate Studies and Music Theory Coordinator for the Music Department and is a member of the Undergraduate Academic Awards Committee. He sits on the editorial board for several journals, including the Journal of the Society for American Music and is currently the Reviews Editor for Music Theory Spectrum. He previously served as Secretary for the New England Conference of Music Theorists and the Vice Chair for the Film & Multimedia Interest Group at the Society for Music Theory.

 

Liam Romalis got his start as a producer making videos for such eclectic artists as JP Cormier, The St. Lawrence String Quartet, Samba Squad, and Frank Leahy. In 1998, his first documentary, Pleasures of Urban Decay (directed by 2020 Tanglewood Learning Institute guest Sam Ball) on New York cartoonist Ben Katchor, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. His follow-up film, the Gemini Award-winning documentary Carry Me Home, which he produced and directed, told the little-known story of Canadian-born Robert Nathaniel Dett, a child of the Underground Railroad and one of America's greatest African American classical composers. In 2003, Romalis co-founded Riddle Films, a company dedicated to featuring stories and performances from the world of the performing arts and culture. There he has worked with such varied subjects as astronaut Roberta Bondar, urban philosopher Jane Jacobs, dancer and choreographer Danny Grossman, and institutions like The Banff Centre, the Royal Conservatory of Music, and The McMichael Collection of Canadian Art. His other credits include the documentary and film installation The Group of Seven Guitar Project, in partnership with the McMichael Canadian Art Collection; the performance documentary The Rolston Sessions, featuring ten of the world's greatest string quartets; The Once: Live at The Stagehouse with acclaimed Newfoundland trio The Once; the music series God’s Greatest Hits, featuring performers like The Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Judy Collins, Leon Bibb and Rick Wakeman; and Dreaming of a Jewish Christmas. Most recently, Romalis produced and directed Please Don’t Talk About Me When I’m Gone, a film about the elusive musician Leon Redbone.

 

Stephen Winter is an award-winning filmmaker, writer and artist whose new series Adventures in New America, an afrofuturistic polyglot sci-fi radio political satire co-created with Tristan Cowen, premiered Fall 2018 on the Night Vale Network. The New York Times said of Adventures in New America, “The Best New Social Thriller is a Podcast,” and compared the show to the work of Boots Riley and Jordan Peele. Stephen’s 2015 feature film Jason and Shirley was called “one of the year’s finest” by Richard Brody in The New Yorker. Jason and Shirley played AGO in Toronto and had a sold-out 2 week run at MoMA in New York. His award winning 1996 debut film Chocolate Babies premiered at the Berlin Film Festival, won awards at SXSW, Urbanworld and OutFest and enjoyed a 2016 revival at New York's Anthology Film Archives and at the Los Angeles Hammer Museum in 2018. In 2004, Stephen was co-director of MIX NYC experimental queer film festival and produced Jonathan Caouette’s landmark “narci-cinema” feature documentary Tarnation (A.O. Scott, New York Times) which premiered at Sundance, Cannes, LAIFF and NYFF. He has worked creatively with Lee Daniels on The Butler, The Paperboy, Precious, Shadowboxer, John Cameron Mitchell (Shortbus, Hedwig & The Angry Inch), John Krokidas (Kill Your Darlings), David France (The Death & Life Of Marsha P. Johnson, How To Survive A Plague), Xan Cassavetes, Zoe Cassavetes, Allen Hughes, Gus Van Sant and Steve Harvey. Stephen has taught revolutionary cinema at Cornell University, Pratt University, Brooklyn College and Williams College. MFA at New York University Tisch School of the Arts, BFA School of the Art Institute of Chicago and certification at the African-American owned-and-operated Community Film Workshop of Chicago.