Lotte Reiniger shorts with live musical accompaniment by Miles & Karina
The Goethe Pop Up is welcoming summer and the return of in-person programming with two evenings celebrating sound, vision, and being together. On August 13 and 14
, silent film scorers extraordinaire Miles & Karina
will join us in the Chophouse Row courtyard to provide live musical accompaniment to a selection of fairy tale films by Lotte Reiniger
, the pioneer of silhouette animation.
As to the program: On the menu are six animated short films by scissor-silhouette artist Reiniger, all created with paper cutouts and stop-motion. The program will include classic tales Sleeping Beauty
, The Grasshopper and the Ant
, and Doctor Dolittle
, and two 5-minute commercials, all with original scores composed by Miles & Karina and performed on banjo and accordion. Making its premiere will be a new original score, to Reiniger's Jack and the Beanstalk
, commissioned by Goethe Pop Up Seattle for this event. All films were made between 1926 to 1955.
No tickets are required, but seats are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Feel free to come by early to grab a drink from our neighbors at Light Sleeper or Good Weather to enjoy in the courtyard. This event is produced in partnership with Chophouse Row and Northwest Film Forum.
About Miles & Karina:
David Miles Keenan and Nova Karina Devonie, known as Miles & Karina, have been composing original scores to silent films and performing them across North America live since 2008. In 2013 M&K were commissioned by Seattle International Film Festival for the British Film Institute’s Hitchcock 9
restoration series. In 2019 they composed a new score to Buster Keaton’s The Cameraman
for the Frank Buxton Silent Film Festival, in conjunction with the San Francisco Silent Film Festival. M&K’s instrumentation includes guitar, violin, viola and ukulele, as well as banjo, glockenspiel, lap steel, toy piano, hi-hat, kazoo, mixing bowl, chop sticks and of course, accordion.