Superchunk’s Mac Scores Deren Films


To premiere them live
in September.


By Blurt Staff


Mac McCaughan (Superchunk, Portastatic) has composed
original scores for four films by noted experimental filmmaker Maya Deren, and
he will perform them live on Thursday, September 29, at the world
premiere of Transfigured Time: Music for
the Films of Maya Deren,
 which opens the Westobou Festival in
Augusta, Georgia. The premiere will begin at
sunset at the Sacred
Heart Cultural
Center with McCaughan
leading a small ensemble.


McCaughan, of course, has worked on film scores in the past,
including for for Who Loves the Sun and Looking for
. His live scores for silent films include the Seattle
International Film Festival’s presentation of Tod Browning’s The Unknown and Teinosuke
Kinugasa’s A Page of Madness with Superchunk
at the San
Francisco Film Festival.



Maya Deren (1917-1961) is often referred to as “the
mother of the American underground cinema.” Her films are known for their
startling and surrealistic imagery in which time and space are altered to
create a world somewhere between dreams and reality. In 1946, Ms. Deren became
the first filmmaker to receive a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, and later
that year she was the recipient of the Cannes Film Festival Grand Prix
Internationale. From photographer Cindy Sherman to artist Matthew Barney to
filmmaker David Lynch, Maya Deren’s profound influence as a filmmaker and
theorist resonates to this very day.

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