The Green Fog
Panorama | M/A/D | Special Presentations
This multi-experiential, visual and sound collage by award-winning filmmaker and cultural iconoclast Guy Maddin in collaboration with brothers Evan and Galen Johnson (The Forbidden Room, Seances) re-imagines Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo. Originally commissioned by SFFILM with support from Nion McEvoy and Stanford Live, this must-attend event features the world-renowned Kronos Quartet performing live the score composed by Jacob Garchik.
Maddin and his co-directors’ interpretation of the Hitchcock classic doesn’t use any footage from the original film. Instead, San Francisco area-based footage from a variety of sources - studio classics, ’50s noir, documentary and experimental films, and ’70s prime-time TV - is pieced together to create a "parallel-universe version," (Maddin’s words) employing the Canadian filmmaker’s unique assemblage technique and style.
For more than 40 years, San Francisco’s Kronos Quartet—David Harrington (violin), John Sherba (violin), Hank Dutt (viola), and Sunny Yang (cello)—has pursued a singular artistic vision, combining a spirit of fearless exploration with a commitment to continually re-imagining the string quartet experience. In the process, Kronos has become one of the world’s most celebrated and influential ensembles, performing thousands of concerts, releasing more than 60 recordings, collaborating with an eclectic mix of composers and performers, commissioning over 900 works and arrangements for string quartet, and receiving more than 40 awards. Kronos’ work has also featured prominently in a number of films, including two recent Academy Award–nominated documentaries: the AIDS-themed How to Survive a Plague and Dirty Wars. Additional films featuring Kronos’ music include Hochelaga terre des ames, Noah, The Fountain, Requiem for a Dream, Dracula, and Mishima, as well as La grande bellezza (The Great Beauty), 21 Grams, Heat, and True Stories, among others.
"I’m so excited we get to team up with Kronos Quartet to lay some green fog over Vancouver. And what a strange experience it was working on this project. How often does one get to recast the stars of his or her favourite film? Or completely replace its soundtrack with a new one played live? How delightful to move archetypes around like so much furniture in a dream!"—Guy Maddin