Bellingham / Free For All / Portland

Harry Smith of the Guide: Field Recordings and a Location (2013)

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A still from Kaveh Askari’s new experimental doc, Harry Smith of the Guide: Field Recordings and a Location.

Filmmaker Kaveh Askari teaches at Western Washington University in Bellingham, the city which was Harry’s hometown during some of his childhood. In his brand new doc, Harry Smith of the Guide: Field Recordings and a Location, Askari explores the landscape Harry knew. His sound designer, Andrew Ritchey, uses selected excerpts of Harry Smith’s own field recordings of the Lummi Nation on the soundtrack. These recordings are archived at the University of Washington in Seattle where Harry spent five semesters as a student.

We will be screening Harry Smith of the Guide: Field Recordings and a Location twice during Harry Smith PDX.

First, a sneak preview premiere, at the Harry Smith In The Pacific Northwest panel discussion at the Hollywood Theatre on Thursday, May 16 at 3:00 PM.

Second, the official Portland Premiere, at the Harry Smith Free For All at The Cleaners @ Ace Hotel in downtown Portland on Sunday, May 19. The film will screen at 11:00 AM, kicking off the Free For All. Kaveh Askari will be there to take questions.

Here’s Kaveh Askari’s description of Harry Smith of the Guide: Field Recordings and a Location:

Archival plat maps, drawings, and sound help to locate the origins of Harry Smith’s collections and field recordings along the Puget Sound.  Views of the salmon cannery site, the Lummi Nation, and the archives building are taken from the three Bellingham houses where the Smiths lived.

Andrew Ritchey, the sound designer for Harry Smith of the Guide: Field Recordings and a Location, is also doing a short talk at the Free For All. He will discuss sound as an element in avant garde film at 2:00 PM.

In addition to designing sound for Harry Smith of the Guide: Field Recordings and a Location, Andrew Ritchey is the sound designer for the Harry Smith Seance, at 7:00 PM on May 16 at the Hollywood Theatre.

The Free For All, located  at The Cleaners in downtown Portland,  is free.

“Play is the highest form of research” Albert Einstein.

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