Donald Sosin is a pianist and composer who grew up in Rye, NY, and Munich, Germany. Since 1971, he has performed his silent film music at Lincoln Center, MoMA, the Kennedy Center and major film festivals in the U.S. and abroad, including New York, San Francisco, Seattle, Telluride, Tribeca and more. Donald is a favorite guest artist at Washington, DC's, National Gallery, BAM, AFI Silver, Moscow's prestigious Lumière Gallery, the Thailand Silent FIlm Festival and the Jecheon International Music and Film Festival in South Korea and he also performs each year at Italy's silent film retrospectives in Bologna and Pordenone. Donald also records for Criterion, Kino, Milestone and TCM. oldmoviemusic.com

About Alicia Svigals
Alicia Svigals is a composer, vocalist and the world's foremost Klezmer violinist, who almost singlehandedly rescued that fiddle tradition with her 1996 recording "Fidl." Svigals is a founder of the Grammy-winning Klezmatics, whom she co-led for 17 years. She has been a fellow at the MacDowell Colony and at LABA: A Laboratory for Jewish Culture in NYC. Svigals has taught, composed for, recorded and toured with violinist Itzhak Perlman, and has composed for the Kronos Quartet. She's been featured in Eve Ensler's "Vagina Monologues" at Madison Square Garden, and composer Osvaldo Golijov was commissioned to create a work for her and clarinetist David Krakauer entitled "Rocketekiya," presented at Merkin Concert Hall and Jazz at Lincoln Center. Svigals works in many genres, recording on projects from Hasidic star Avraham Fried's Avinu Malkeynu to the soundtrack to THE L-WORD, from string quartets for singer Diane Birch's debut "Bible Belt" to Indian-style violin on Gary Lucas and Najma Akhtar's "Rishte." She's performed in stadiums with Robert Plant and Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin, recorded for John Cale and the Ben Folds Five and John Zorn's Cobra. She wrote an Americana soundtrack for Judith Helfand's documentary THE UPRISING OF 1934, arranged string quartets for singer-songwriter Debbie Friedman at Carnegie Hall and provided original music for choreographers Risa Jaroslow at Lincoln Center and Naomi Goldberg at the Ford Theater in L.A. Her album "Vodkazak," produced by a Chabad rabbi, feature her Klezmer interpretations of Hasidic nigunim, a rare production from that community featuring a female artist. aliciasvigals.com" /> AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center

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MAN WITHOUT A WORLD, THE - Sneak Preview

Silent with live musical accompaniment, performing a newly composed score, by Donald Sosin (piano) and Alicia Svigals (klezmer violin)

In a lengthy preamble, THE MAN WITHOUT A WORLD is credited to the legendary (and imaginary) 1920s Soviet director Yevgeny Antinov. But the film is anything but old. In fact, Antinov is the creation of contemporary filmmaker Eleanor Antin, who made the film in 1991 as an homage to the silent era and a love letter to her mother, a former actress in the Yiddish theater of Poland. In a Polish shtetl at the turn of the 20th century, the villagers struggle with both the antisemitism of the wider world and political infighting within their own community. Against this backdrop, two star-crossed lovers — merchant's daughter Rukheleh (Christine Berry) and impoverished Yiddish poet Zevi (Pier Marton) — seek happiness. But many obstacles come between them, including Rukheleh's disapproving parents, Zevi's dalliance with a seductive gypsy dancer (Antin) and the sufferings of Zevi's younger sister, Sooreleh (Anna Henriques), traumatized by a sexual assault in her youth and now subjected to exorcism rituals by local religious zealots. DIR/SCR/PROD Eleanor Antin. U.S., 1992, b&w, 98 min. Silent with English intertitles. NOT RATED

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Program made possible with support from the Sunrise Foundation for Education and the Arts.

About Donald Sosin
"The top of the line of film pianists!" — Leonard Maltin, film critic.
Donald Sosin is a pianist and composer who grew up in Rye, NY, and Munich, Germany. Since 1971, he has performed his silent film music at Lincoln Center, MoMA, the Kennedy Center and major film festivals in the U.S. and abroad, including New York, San Francisco, Seattle, Telluride, Tribeca and more. Donald is a favorite guest artist at Washington, DC's, National Gallery, BAM, AFI Silver, Moscow's prestigious Lumière Gallery, the Thailand Silent FIlm Festival and the Jecheon International Music and Film Festival in South Korea and he also performs each year at Italy's silent film retrospectives in Bologna and Pordenone. Donald also records for Criterion, Kino, Milestone and TCM. oldmoviemusic.com

About Alicia Svigals
Alicia Svigals is a composer, vocalist and the world's foremost Klezmer violinist, who almost singlehandedly rescued that fiddle tradition with her 1996 recording "Fidl." Svigals is a founder of the Grammy-winning Klezmatics, whom she co-led for 17 years. She has been a fellow at the MacDowell Colony and at LABA: A Laboratory for Jewish Culture in NYC. Svigals has taught, composed for, recorded and toured with violinist Itzhak Perlman, and has composed for the Kronos Quartet. She's been featured in Eve Ensler's "Vagina Monologues" at Madison Square Garden, and composer Osvaldo Golijov was commissioned to create a work for her and clarinetist David Krakauer entitled "Rocketekiya," presented at Merkin Concert Hall and Jazz at Lincoln Center. Svigals works in many genres, recording on projects from Hasidic star Avraham Fried's Avinu Malkeynu to the soundtrack to THE L-WORD, from string quartets for singer Diane Birch's debut "Bible Belt" to Indian-style violin on Gary Lucas and Najma Akhtar's "Rishte." She's performed in stadiums with Robert Plant and Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin, recorded for John Cale and the Ben Folds Five and John Zorn's Cobra. She wrote an Americana soundtrack for Judith Helfand's documentary THE UPRISING OF 1934, arranged string quartets for singer-songwriter Debbie Friedman at Carnegie Hall and provided original music for choreographers Risa Jaroslow at Lincoln Center and Naomi Goldberg at the Ford Theater in L.A. Her album "Vodkazak," produced by a Chabad rabbi, feature her Klezmer interpretations of Hasidic nigunim, a rare production from that community featuring a female artist. aliciasvigals.com

98 Minutes
Silent comedy

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