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LIVE: Psychedelic Cinema Orchestra Accompanies Film Screening of 'South: Sir Ernest Shackleton and the Endurance Expedition'

July 9, 2023 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT

Psychedelic Cinema Orchestra

Come watch a film classic and listen to the soundtrack performed by a live orchestra! Free and open to the public all ages welcome!

If you’ve been following the news, you have probably seen the astounding footage of the newly discovered wreck of Ernest Shackleton’s ship, Endurance. The ship has been lying 10,000 feet deep at the bottom of the Weddell Sea in Antarctica for more than 100 years. Amazingly, the video shows the ship looking as fresh as the day it sank.

This is the perfect time to revisit the original film, shot during the expedition and released in 1919. South was shot and edited by Frank Hurley, the official photographer for the expedition. His film tells the incredible tale of how the ship got stuck in the ice and sank after the boat was crushed by the expanding ice. The crew spent two years living on the ice and ultimately made their way to the nearest land 800 miles away. Incredibly, every member of the expedition survived the experience and Hurley managed to save many of the stills and motion picture films he shot of the harrowing experience. It is these movies and stills that make up the movie.

The film has received a new and exquisite 2K restoration from the British Film Institute. The running time is 81 minutes.


Watch a short trailer here.

The Psychedelic Cinema Orchestra was founded in 2014 by Ken Winokur to accompany Ken Brown’s 1960’s super 8 films, compiled under the name Psychedelic Cinema. The group has performed in the U.S. with Brown’s film at prestigious venues such as the AFI Silver, ICA Boston, Cornell Cinema, Hamilton College, and many others. The PCO did two tours of the Balkans (Croatia, Slovenia, Serbia, Bosnia, Kosovo, and Montenegro). In addition, the group has scored Alfred Hitchcock’s THE LODGER and a number of short films (both contemporary and classic silents).

The Members of the Psychedelic Cinema Orchestra are:

Ken Winokur on drums and clarinet (Alloy Orchestra, Concussion Ensemble, Lookie Lookie).
Jonathan LaMaster on electric violin and guitar (Cul de Sac, Saturnalia)
Russ Gershon on saxes, flute, and bass guitar (Either Orchestra, Lookie Lookie)

Check out our resource guides for more information about research and exploration in the Antarctic.




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July 9, 2023
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT
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