Media Alert : May 7, 2007 > New York City
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Press Release
Guy Maddin Bio

Composer Bio
Actor Bios
About the Foley Artists
Cast and Crew List

Synopsis (pdf)
Production Notes
Photos (hi-res)

Official Website

New York Overview
New York Narrator Schedule & Biographies
New York Orchestra
New York Venue

Los Angeles Engagement Overview
Los Angeles Venue

Chicago Venue
Chicago Orchestra
Chicago Narrator


The Film Company

Vitagraph Films &
The Film Company


Crispin Glover to Perform on Opening Night of
Director Guy Maddin’s BRAND UPON THE BRAIN!
Presented With Live Orchestra, Castrato & Foley Sound Effects Supplementing the Film Image


"One of the 10 Best Films of the year."

-- Manohla Dargis, The New York Times


Media are invited to shoot B-Roll or interviews at the day-time dress rehearsals
(starting May 9) or to *shoot at the live shows.


  • Filmmaker Guy Maddin (THE SADDEST MUSIC IN THE WORLD) to appear in person to introduce the film.
  • Foley Sound Effects Artists
  • Narrators Appearing Live On Stage:

May 9: 7 PM & 9:30 PM Crispin Glover

May 10: 7 PM Actress Anne Jackson & 9:30 PM Actor Eli Wallach

May 11: 7 PM Actress/Writer Joie Lee & 9:30 PM Crispin Glover

May 12: 7 PM Performance/Visial Artist Laurie Anderson & 9:30 PM Lou Reed

May 13: 3 PM Justin Bond ("Kiki and Herb")

May 13: 7 PM Poet Laureate John Ashbery

May 13: 9:30 PM Musician Tunde Adebimpe (Lead Singer, TV on the Radio)

May 14: 7 PM Edward Hibbert ("Curtains" on Broadway)

May 14: 9:30 PM Actor Peter Scarlet (Executive Director, Tribeca Film Festival)

May 15: 7 PM & 9:30 PM Actress Isabella Rossellini

* Press requests for interviews/photos with narrators is subject to individual availability.


What: The New York opening of Guy Maddin’s latest film BRAND UPON THE BRAIN! (Canada/USA, 95 min.) presented with live orchestra (Ensemble Sospeso), Foley sound effects, Castrato and live ‘narration’ by various guest narrators (see list above). It’s a film, it’s a live show… it’s a cinema spectacular!!

Wednesday, May 9 – Tuesday, May 15, 2007
(7 nights, 15 shows)
There are two shows daily at 7 PM & 9:30 PM, plus a 3 PM matinee on Sunday.

The Historic Village East Cinema
181 2nd Avenue, New York, New York 10003 (at 12th Street),

Advance Tickets $30: and

Notes: This show is extremely visually interesting. The sound effects are performed in front of the live audience and all kinds of props are used, from an Australian digeridoo instrument to a ‘crash box’ (to break plates in), a wind machine and a vintage grape crushing device. Read more online. See link below.


Critical Acclaim:

"Guy Maddin's latest astonishment-- has ransacked film history and his own delirious imagination to create a work like none other: a silently shot film about a man who, on revisiting his childhood home, hurtles unto a past where orphan children, coy lesbian lovers, and a mad scientist converge."

– Manohla Dargis, The New York Times

NY Publicity Contact:

Natascha Bodemann
Tel: (212) 673-4627 | Cell: (646) 287-2126

Margot Gerber (National Publicist) will be in NYC May 8 – 11.

213.590.9704 |


Interview/Photo Opportunities:

Guy Maddin, the Foley artists and various narrators subject to their availability.


Press Materials:

Broadcast quality Music and Video Clips are available upon request.


Press Tickets:

Press seats are extremely limited and will only be issued to fast breaking, covering press.


Press Information: (and photos of what this production looks like!)

Detailed press information: press kit, hi-res photos, music clips, Foley details, photos of what the production looks like. trailers and more are accessible from this site:


BRAND UPON THE BRAIN! opens May 9th – 15th as a film accompanied by a live stage show in New York City, followed by presentations in Chicago (May 18 – 20) and Los Angeles (June 8 – 10). The film will continue to open across the country as a regular film release with pre-recorded soundtrack. Isabella Rossellini’s voice is on the print as the ‘narrator.’

In the New York Area BRAND will open in the following theatres:

Village East Cinema, New York - Starts May 9

Angelika Film Center, New York - Starts May 16

And more!

Additional theatres are in the process of being booked. Please see for updates.

This film is unrated.

A Vitagraph Films / The Film Company Release


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