Rebirth of a Nation (2009)
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Rebirth of aNation was originally commissioned as a live, multimedia performance thatpremiered at the Lincoln Center Festival in New York (2008) and was subsequently performed atmore than 50 international venues, including the Festival d'Automne á Paris, the Spoleto FestivalUSA, and the Vienna Festwochen.For the theatrical film version, produced by Starz Media/Anchor Bay Films, Miller takesGriffith's original work, which is set during and after the American Civil War and provokedcontroversy for its treatment of white supremacy and its positive portrayal of the Ku Klux Klan,and applies a "DJ re-mix." Using his skills as a DJ to mash music and film techniques, he recontextualizesGriffith's achievement and places the original film in a moral framework, drawingstriking parallels between socio-political conflicts in America during Griffith's era and today. Thefilm features Miller's original score, performed and recorded by the Kronos Quartet.Miller will be present to introduce the opening night screening on June 22, and willparticipate in a post-screening discussion.Paul D. Miller (American, b. 1970) is a composer, multimedia artist, and writer, whosework has been seen in a wide variety of contexts, including the Whitney Biennial (1997/2001);The Venice Biennial for Architecture (2000); the Ludwig Museum, Cologne; Kunsthalle, Vienna;The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, and the Art Basel Miami Beach fair (2007). He is theauthor of two books, Rhythm Science (2004) and Sound Unbound (2008), and has producednotable compilations, remixes, and collections of music. --© MoMA NY
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Mix [it] up, Mr. DJ; don't just sample the hate wholesale.
DJ Spooky's 'Rebirth of a Nation' is an admirable fusion film in its own right.
Despite its verbose flaws, the work is a succinct sampling of performance-art-meets-multimedia. When the film is left to its own devices and giddied-up by the scratching and booming base there's genuine verve jumping off the screen.
Birth of a Nation itself is a set of cinematic training wheels.
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