MdFF and the Parkway are proud to partner with Deakin and Geologist of Animal Collective for two special evenings of film and music in tribute to experimental musician and artist Tony Conrad. Both evenings will feature an introduction by director Tyler Hubby, followed by a screening of his film Tony Conrad: Completely in the Present and live musical sets inspired by the work of Tony Conrad.
Saturday, September 30th, Live Music Sets From:
Dan Deacon, Jessie Hughes, and Martin Schmidt
Visuals by Greg St.Pierre
Tony Conrad: Completely in the Present is a non-fiction film examining the pioneering life and works of filmmaker, musician, artist and educator, Tony Conrad. Tony Conrad was one the great American artists of his time, yet to the world at large he remains criminally under appreciated. Since the early 1960s, Conrad’s films and compositions have been the stuff of legend for artists and musicians everywhere. He performed in and recorded the soundtrack to Jack Smith’s legendary Flaming Creatures; he laid bare the paradigms of cinema with The Flicker, a film composed of only black and white frames; his powerful and startling drone compositions still have the music establishment scratching their heads; his early work with La monte Young and John Cale played a role in the formation of The Velvet Underground; as an early adopter of activist public access television he democratized the emerging medium of portable video for ordinary citizens. His vast, fifty year inter-disciplinary repertoire inspired and confounded generations of artists, collaborators and fans. In his later years he continued to perform and make work that pushed the boundaries of reason for which he has finally begun to receive worldwide attention.