By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act August 2, 2013 at 10:17AM
An intriguing-sounding event taking place tonight, at the 2nd annual BlackStar Film Festival in Philly, which is currently underway.
BlackStar Film Festival and King Britt present The Brother From Another Planet (re-contextualized) at Johnny Brenda's. The Brother From Another Planet (re-contextualized) is a concept idea to provide a more abstract view of the cult classic. Using advanced visual remixing techniques, we intend to deconstruct the viewpoint into a more freeform storyline, which the audience can interpret in their way. Simultaneously, Afrofuturist instrumentalists, will improvise a live score, while the visuals are deconstructed, allowing for a very open and spacious sonic environment. Using a combination of analog and digital electronic instruments to build the musical palette. This is an in the moment experience and will only happen once. 100% improvised and free from construct.
I've been a fan of John Sayles since Brother From Another Planet. I haven't loved every film, but I dig his unwavering indie spirit. He came from the same *school* as directors like Martin Scorcese and James Cameron - working early in their careers with Roger Corman.
Sayles penned a few screenplays for Corman in the late 1970s/early 1980s, and it's primarily through screenwriting Sayles has been able to survive - writing scripts (or sometimes rewriting) for higher-budgeted studios pictures, and using the money earned from those gigs to help fund his low-budget directorial efforts (like the above) - films that often tell stories centered around the *under-represented* and marginalized, from all walks of life.
Joe Morton starred in Brother From Another Planet, a film for which I've read several different interpretations of. The narrative in the low-key dramedy about the adventures of a black extraterrestrial - the ''Brother'' of the title - who comes to earth to escape slavery on Planet X, makes for wonderful fodder for dissection. And I'm curious to see/hear/feel what the festival and King Britt are up to here.
So, for all our readers in that part of the USA (and I know there are many of you in Philly), check out tonight's event, and also the rest of the festival's offerings.
Check out the poster art advertising the King Britt/Brother From Another Planet below: