From the Shtetl to the Lower East Side – HUNGRY HEARTS: A Scored and Restored Silent film

November 5, 2017 @ 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Portland State University - Lincoln Recital Hall
1620 SW Park Ave
Room 75, Portland
OR 97201
The Harold Schnitzer Family Program in Judaic Studies - Stacey Johnston

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What: A screening of the restored silent film “Hungry Hearts” (1922) preceded by a reception with a choice of three parallel 20-min lectures. Q&A with the composer, David Spear, to follow.
When: Sunday, November 5, 2017 | 5:30pm to 9:30pm
Where: Lincoln Recital Hall (LH 75) | Pocket Lectures in LH 75, LH 21, and LH 37
Cost: Free and open to the public. RSVP requested, but not required.
Contact: Stacey Johnston | | 503-725-8449

Join the Harold Schnitzer Family Program in Judaic Studies for the Portland premiere of the recently restored and rescored silent film “Hungry Hearts” (1922), filmed on location on New York’s Lower East Side. Based on the short stories of Anzia Yezierska, one of the first immigrant authors to write about American Jewish women for a mainstream audience, the film focuses on the members of the Levin family who emigrate from Eastern Europe to New York City and captures the hopes and hardships of Jewish immigrants in the New World.

The National Center for Jewish Film at Brandeis restored Goldwyn’s original print, and with generous support from the Casden Institute, a new score was composed and produced by David Spear in collaboration with his students from the USC Thornton School of Music. The new score for “Hungry Hearts” premiered at the 2007 New York Jewish Film Festival in Lincoln Center.

The event will begin at 5:30pm with a “Feast for the Senses and the Mind.” You are invited to sample hors d’oeuvres alongside three “pocket lectures” (20 minutes each) on various aspects of the film’s cultural and historical context. The film will begin at 7:00pm and will be followed by a conversation and Q&A with the lead composer, David Spear, about the process of scoring a historic silent film and breathing new life into “old art”. (Full Schedule Below)

  • 5:30 pm      Welcome Reception with Food
  • 6:00 pm      Choose your own mini-lecture!
    • LH 75 – Marat Grinberg, Reed College
      • “At the Intersection of Screen and Text: American Jewish Culture Before the War”
    • LH 37 – Joseph Butwin, University of Washington
      • “Exile and Return: Anzia Yezierska Finds her Vocation”
    • LH 21 – Amy Borden, PSU School of Film

      • “Immigration and Nativism in New York’s Nickelodeon’s”
  • 7:00 pm      Hungry Hearts Film Screening
  • 8:45 pm      Q&A with David Spear
    • Soundtrack Producer & 2017 Artist-in-Residence

This is the first half of the 2017 Levy Event, which focuses on the nexus between East European Jewish immigrants to the U.S. and twentieth-century American film and music. For information about the second half of the 2017 Levy Event, visit the event page.

This event is sponsored by the Harold Schnitzer Family Program in Judaic Studies thanks to the generous support of Larry Levy and Pamela Lindholm-Levy. Cosponsored by the PSU School of Music + Theater and the Northwest Film Center.

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