Man with a Movie Camera with Live Score by Montopolis


Grand Illusion Cinema Mon, May 1, 2023 7:30 PM
Film Info
Release Year:1929
Production Country:Soviet Union
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Dziga Vertov
Music By:Montopolis


Revered as a visual masterpiece and one of the greatest documentary films ever made, MAN WITH A MOVIE CAMERA gives historical context to the current Russian invasion and lays bare the costs of the ongoing humanitarian crisis. The joyful original score by Montopolis celebrates the beauty and resilience of Ukraine’s people and aims to inspire American audiences to support the country in its time of need.


The grandson of Romanian immigrants, Montopolis composer Justin Sherburn has a personal investment in the history and culture of Eastern Europe. His original score incorporates indie rock, extended techniques, and traditional Ukrainian folk melodies. According to Sherburn (whose Ashkenazi family name is Shapiro), the work is “an exercise in the power of music to undermine a film’s intention.” Man with a Movie Camera was commissioned by the Soviet regime under Joseph Stalin to showcase the might of industry in the cities of Kyiv, Kharkiv, and Odesa. The composer’s empathetic and romantic score transforms a nationalistic propaganda film into a celebration of the human spirit, emphasizing the humanity of the Ukrainian people over the industrial prowess of the Soviet Union.


Please note: Special event ticket pricing is in place to better support the traveling musicians.