Ring in the spring as the Sundance Film Festival joins over 100 cultural and educational organizations around Los Angeles to participate in Ring Festival LA, a ten-week festival inspired by LA Opera's first presentation of Richard Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen. Beginning on April 15 and running through June 30, city-wide events will take place including a Sundance Film Festival sponsored free screening of Jon Else's acclaimed documentary Sing Faster: The Stagehands' Ring Cycle:
April 17, 2010, 7:00 p.m.
Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90024
For more info: www.hammer.ucla.edu or (310) 443-7000
Free seating is first-come, first-served; Hammer members receive priority seating.
Sing Faster: The Stagehands' Ring Cycle premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 1999 and won the coveted Filmmaker Trophy. Filmmaker John Else goes back stage at the San Francisco Opera's production of Wagner's Ring Cycle to show this rare event from the point of view of union stagehands. Electrifying time-lapse photography of the onstage action is juxtaposed with the epic drama happening behind the scenes as stagehands hoist giant mechanical dragons, move thousand pound sets, catch up on some baseball, knit sweaters, and play a fierce game of poker. "Sing Faster" offers a unique and wry perspective on Wagner's outlandish operatic spectacle. Following the screening, the film’s director Jon Else will answer audience questions.
About the Filmmaker:
Jon Else produced and directed The Day After Trinity: J. Robert Oppenheimer and the Atomic Bomb (1980), Yosemite: The Fate of Heaven (1989), A Job at Ford's for the PBS series The Great Depression (1992), Cadillac Desert : Water and the Transformation of Nature (1997), Sing Faster: The Stagehands' Ring Cycle (2000), Open Outcry (2001). He was series producer and cinematographer for Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights Years (1987), produced and directed Wonders Are Many: The Making of Doctor Atomic (2005), and photographed Inside Guantanamo and Afghanistan: Hell of a Nation. He is a MacArthur Fellow and directs the documentary program at the UCB Graduate School Of Journalism, Berkeley.