My Grandmother is a silent film made in 1929 by Soviet Georgian director Kote Mikaberidze and banned by the Soviet regime for 40 years. Beth Custer has coupled this amazing film with her own score, a quick-paced pastiche of American jazz and blues, contemporary classical, and world folk music. Forgotten for a half-century, Kote Mikaberidze's film is a delightful example of the Soviet Eccentric Cinema movement as well as an irreverent satire of the then still-young Soviet State system. Noted for its anarchic styles—which include stop-motion, puppetry, exaggerated camera angles, animation and constructivist sets—the film unspools the foibles and follies that abound when a Georgian paper pusher, modeled after American silent comic Harold Lloyd, loses his job.
The Beth Custer Ensemble will perform the score live as the film is screened outdoors in the beautiful Lilian Fontain Garden Theatre!
The Beth Custer Ensemble features guitarist David James (The Coup, Spearhead), drummer Jan Jackson (Will Bernard Motherbug), bassist Vicky Grossi (Graham Connah), trumpeter Chris Grady (Tom Waits, Grassy Knoll), Jessica Ivry on cello (Real Vocal String Quartet), and Dina Maccabee on violin (Vienna Teng), and Beth Custer (Eighty Mile Beach, Club Foot Orchestra). Freddi Price (Rube Waddell, Extra Action Marching Band) narrates the film.