SF IndieFest OPENING NIGHT FILM + PARTY
Ari Folman's THE CONGRESS, followed by Live Music from Vokab Kompany plus Gene Washington and The Ironsides
Thursday February 6. Film at 7p, Show at 9pm
Brava Theatre in San Francisco (2781 24th Street at York)
Celebrate the start of SF IndieFest’s Sweet 16 festivities on Thursday, Febraury 6th at 9PM at the Brava Theater with the local premiere of Ari Folman's THE CONGRESS followed by live musical performances by San Diego’s Vokab Kompany, and the Bay Area’s own Gene Washington and the Ironsides. Film+Party tickets are $20 and party only tickets are $10. The event is All Ages.
About Ari Folman's THE CONGRESS
In The Congress, Robin Wright, playing a fictionalized version of herself, gets an offer from a major studio to sell her soul and cinematic identity so that she’ll be “scanned” and her digitalized alias can be used with no restrictions in all kinds of Hollywood films – even the most commercial ones that she previously refused. In exchange, she receives a massive financial reward, but most importantly, the studio can keep her forever young, for all eternity, in all her movies.
To say that Ari Folman’s The Congress has a lot going on is a massive understatement. It successfully presents an indictment of Hollywood’s age-old sexism and ageism while incorporating Stanislaw Lem’s somewhat accurate forecasting of a worldwide chemical dictatorship run by the leading pharmaceutical companies. Amazingly, Folman even manages to merge these ideas as Wright’s digitalized identity can be made into a drug, available for any fan, allowing them to see in their own minds any fantasy they can imagine.
Folman divides the film into thirds: two parts live action, one part animated, so that Folman, in his words, can “illustrate the transition made by the human mind between psychochemical influence and deceptive reality.” For him, this allows the freedom that animation can allow on “cinematic interpretation” and also provide a “cry for help and a profound cry of nostalgia for the old-time cinema we know and love.” The Congress also stars Jon Hamm, Harvey Keitel, Paul Giamatti and Danny Huston and is the most subversive, surreal, metacinematic experience of this year’s fest.
About Vokab Kompany
Vokab Kompany are two MC/singers from San Diego, backed by their 4 piece band of awesome. Their live show combines multiple synths/keys with bass/drums and a violin to create a sound that doesn't quite adhere to a specific genre, but seems to fit the bill with several. The band interprets Vk albums (which feature production from a multitude of universally acclaimed producers, such as; members of pop rock sensation Cage the Elephant, DubStep Phenom Stephan Jacobs, Hip Hop legends Hieroglyphics, downtempo legend Random Rab and the list continues across the spectrum of Electronic/pop and hip hop genres.
Their new album, VKCE, a collaboration effort with up and coming production/ musician duo Crush Effect (featuring members of Funk/Jamband legend Karl Denson's TIny Universe) on "VKCE" filling a void at the intersection of the hip-hop and EDM worlds. ‘VKCE’ is Hip-hop, it’s electronic, it’s indie - it’s a shout out to the past, and a taste of the future. Vokab Kompany’s Matt Burke describes the experience: “As musicians, it’s an ever evolving world; genres are a thing of the past, so we (VK) were really lucky to have teamed up with producers that pushed the boundaries of our boxes. We got outside our comfort zone, stamped a VK next to CE, and the result was something new entirely.”
The brazenly dynamic sound on VKCE has quickly garnered the attention of television and film. The record already has two national commercials, for a major carmaker (debuting 2013) and Southern Comfort. The album debuted at #47 on the iTunes hip-hop charts, behind only major-label releases from T.I. and Chief Keef among all hip-hop records released that week. The team has been blessed with a slew of great press. In addition to a feature on electronic music in the August print edition of SPIN, and "climbing" George Washington Bridge with Al Roker, the band has won best hip-hop group at the San Diego Music Awards for three years in a row, and even impressed Prince Charles when he stopped by Solana Beach's Belly Up to catch a VK show.
About Gene Washington and the Ironsides
Developed in 2010 by SF Bay Area natives, brothers Max and Joe Ramey, The Ironsides originated as a studio project dedicated to the revival of 60’s and 70’s soul music, with emphasis on a vivid cinematic, soundtrack vibe. Since the recording of their first 45 record released by the acclaimed Colemine Records, The Ironsides have moved into Soul with a capital “S” harkening back to the golden days of Stax and Motown. Now accompanied by diamond-in-the-rough front man and lady killer, Gene Washington brings to The Ironsides the tenacity of his vocal talent with a raw, authentic, and soulful sound.
SF IndieFest's info: sfindie.com
All Ages. Tickets $20/10
Thursday, February 6, 9pm
Brava Theater, 2781 24th street, SF CA 94103
For more information and tickets, please visit https://www.sfindie.com
or call 415-820-3907.