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Forum on Music and Sound in Film

Forum on Music and Sound in Film to be held with Syracuse International Film & Digital Equipment Expo

Syracuse will host a four-day Forum on Music and Sound in Film Oct. 14-17 in conjunction with the Oct. 14-15 International Film & Digital Equipment Expo, according to organizers and Syracuse University professors Theo Cateforis and Owen Shapiro.

Shapiro, the Shaffer Professor of Film in SU’s College of Visual and Performing Arts Transmedia Program, is also artistic director of the Syracuse International Film Festival. He has worked with partners in the local and international communities to create the first International Film & Digital Equipment Expo event, which will take place Wednesday, Oct. 14, and Thursday, Oct. 15, at the Renaissance Syracuse Hotel Convention Center. CEOs of major European film and digital technology corporations will be in Syracuse to demonstrate and discuss their latest innovations with expo attendees. Many of these companies will also debut new film and video technology to the American market at the Syracuse show.

Cateforis, in collaboration with colleagues in the Department of Art and Music Histories in SU’s College of Arts and Sciences, has brought together scholars and film experts from throughout the world to present and attend the Forum on Music and Sound in Film, which will take place in collaboration with The Syracuse Symposium 2009: Light (http://www.syracusesymposium.org/). Richard Dyer, noted film theorist from King’s College, London, will be the Forum’s keynote speaker; his presentation is Thursday, Oct. 15, at 7:30 p.m. in the Joyce Hergenhan Auditorium in Newhouse 3 on the SU campus.

Working together, Cateforis and Shapiro have created events that will combine visiting artists such as Italian sound designer Mirco Mencacci, sound scholar Rick Altman from the University of Iowa and sound designer Doug Quin from SU in a series of Master Classes, Visiting Artist presentations and roundtable discussions.

In collaboration with the Society for New Music, the Forum on Music and Sound in Film will present a screening of Fritz Lang’s classic silent film “Metropolis,” with performance of a newly composed score for the film by Argentine-born composer Martin Matalon, Wednesday, Oct. 14 at 8 p.m. in the Joyce Hergenhan Auditorium.

Closing the Forum will be famed cinematographer Garrett Brown, who, on Saturday, Oct. 17, at 6:15 p.m. in the Persian Terrace at the Hotel Syracuse, will show a version of the Verdi opera “La Traviata” that was made in Paris using Brown’s Academy Award-winning invention, the Steadicam. The Steadicam technique enables the viewer to experience the parties and gardens of the opera’s setting as if personally present. Tickets for the event can be purchased at the Persian Terrace on the evening of the event. The event is open to the public, but seating is limited. Brown will speak with attendees following the presentation.

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