Film event to showcase local composers – Port Arthur News
Boomtown Film Society gives local composers the opportunity to show off their skills to produce a musical score for the film The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari.
The group is holding the event at the Jefferson Theater in Beaumont on July 23.
Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the box office. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the featured presentation begins at 7 p.m.
One of the film society’s organizers, Christopher Dombrosky from Nederland, said the group wanted to give local composers a chance to perform in front of an audience.
“We hold events throughout the year,” he said. “Typically, events that take place throughout the year that deal with cinema and filmmaking focus on directors, writers and actors. There’s never been anything that focused on people making music for film, even though there were people who wanted to do that.
Dombrosky said the idea came about when the Jefferson Theater approached the film company for programming ideas.
“I sent a list of non-traditional things they could do there,” he said. “One of those ideas was this project that we called internally the Silent Score Showcase. It was an idea that I suggested. Everyone I spoke to about it was very excited.
“Basically, the feedback I had received made me feel like there was so much momentum that we should just make it through, no matter what.”
Dombrosky said the theater liked the idea and invited the film company to present it at a high-profile event.
Caden Welborn, Faith Baha Ömeroglu, Isaiah Grande and RMSstringer will provide the original score for the 1920 classic.
Participants will be able to watch the film and hear the original music. Dombrosky said there would be breaks in the film to say who produced the score for this section and introduce the next composer, all of whom have different styles.
“Each of these composers has a different background,” Dombrosky said. “The first is very traditional. It’s what people think about when they go to see a movie. Then, he is interested in composers whose style is more experimental or ambient. Then the final segment is something you might hear from a DJ. It’s really a variety that people will have when they go to see the movie. Even though there was nothing exciting or particularly different with the score, any showing of The Office of Dr. Caligari is an event for movie buffs.
The film society organizer hopes the event will become a mainstay of the organization.
“It’s long been over the top that they’re getting a little bit of attention,” Dombrosky said. “I hope if this project is successful, it will become an annual series where we ask local producers to rate projects and show what they can do.”