Sunday, October 26, 2014
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
THE LIVES OF HAMILTON FISH A Film Song By Rachel Mason
5:00 -7:00 pm ,October 26, 2014
Live Musical Performance and Screening with The Artist
Reception and Q & A
The Lives of Hamilton Fish (2014) is a film whose story is told through songs and is based on true events that occurred in New York’s Hudson Valley. Two men, both named Hamilton Fish were pronounced dead on the front page of The Peekskill Evening Star Newspaper of January 16, 1936, one was a statesman and the other, a serial killer. The newspaper editor (played by Mason) steps into a fantasy world attempting to comprehend the coincidence. Mason sings all of the film’s songs in costume, performing in sync to a backing soundtrack.
Through both haunting lyrics and soulful ballads, her singular voice creates an unsettling meditation on the nature of fate and the sanctity of individual identity.
– Jon Gartenberg ( Tribeca Film Festival )
The gentle power of Ms. Mason’s voice made it clear why the piece had to be performed live. Soothing yet haunting, her voice made the story intimate. The history became tangible. -Nikki Lohr (New York Observer)
Her musical palette both on and offscreen is impressive, from propulsive rock songs to unsettling ghostly ballads, from howling flute to chilling gusts of metal guitar… the portrait performs the miraculous feat of speaking, truthfully, to the living.
– Adam McGovern ( Independent Film Critic)
Rachel Mason is a sculptor, songwriter and performer. A graduate of UCLA and Yale University, she has written three operas, recorded ten full length albums of songs, and has toured, screened films, exhibited sculpture, video and performance at the Queens Museum, Detroit Museum of Contemporary Art, School of the Art Institute in Chicago, Henry Gallery in Seattle, James Gallery at CUNY, University Art Museum in Buffalo, Sculpture Center, Hessel Museum of Art at Bard and Occidental College, Kunsthalle Zurich, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, The New Museum, Park Avenue Armory, Art in General, La Mama, Galapagos, Dixon Place, Human Resources, and Empac Center for Performance in Troy. Mason has shared stages and toured with Josephine Foster, Prince Rama, Diane Cluck, Sharon Von Etten, Phosphorescent, Light Asylum, Ed Askew among other renown musicians and she has been the subject of a numerous articles in publications including The New York Times, Artforum, The LA Times, Art in America and FlashArt. Mason was a 2013 recipient of the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and Harvestworks Residency.
Event Location and Ticket Information
1701 Main Street
Peekskill, NY 10556
Handicap Accessible? Yes
Date: Sunday, October 26, 2014
Times: 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Presenter Phone: 914-788-0100
Presenter Website: www.hvcca.org