Basilica Non-Fiction Screening Series: Sisters with Transistors

June 17


// FREE // 
at the Greenville Drive-In
10700 NY-32, Greenville, NY 12083

Doors at 8PM
Screening at 9PM

Featuring a LIVE performance by experimental sound artist Madeline Darby + opening short films Reminiscences of 15 musicians in Beirut attempting a re-imagination of the Egyptian classic Ya Garat Al Wadi by Charles-André Coderre, and an episode of The Ascendants: Jean Deaux, presented by Topic.

Basilica Hudson returns to the Greenville Drive-In for the second installment of the Basilica Non-Fiction Screening Series with Sisters with Transistors, presented with Metrograph.

This event is free, with a suggested donation of $15 at the box office or made online to help sustain Basilica Hudson and support filmmakers.

Sisters with Transistors is the remarkable untold story of electronic music’s female pioneers, composers who embraced machines and their liberating technologies to utterly transform how we produce and listen to music today. Narrated by Laurie Anderson, the film maps a new history of electronic music through the visionary women whose radical experimentations with machines redefined the boundaries of music and restored the central role of women in the history of music and society at large. The history of women is a history of silence. Until they insisted on being heard.

24-HOUR DRONE alumni Madeline Darby will play live set when doors open at 8PM. Madeline Darby is an electronic sound artist based out of Troy, NY. Madeline creates a textured journey of noises and atmospheres using synthesizers, loop stations, vibrators and contact mics. Her latest release INNOVATION (on UK label Industrial Coast) is a heavy beat-driven darkwave/industrial collaboration with her partner 100 Psychic Dreams. She is an active member of the Super Dark Collective and performs in the 3 piece synth-trash punk band Thinner Friends. As a solo performer, Madeline likes to challenge her listeners, curating unique improv performances with each live set. Also a licensed Massage therapist, Madeline is inspired by the manipulation of sound much like the manipulation of fascia and muscle tissue.

Before playing the feature film, we will screen a short by Charles-André Coderre (Jerusalem In My Heart, Basilica SoundScape 2019 alumni) titled Reminiscences of 15 musicians in Beirut attempting a re-imagination of the Egyptian classic Ya Garat Al Wadi. This film documents the circumstances surrounding the creation of Jerusalem In My Heart’s live recording of “Wa Ta’atalat Loughat Al Kalam” (The language of speech has broke down) in 2017 (Beirut, Lebanon).

We will also screen an episode of The Ascendants: Jean Deaux, presented by Topic. With a sound that’s like Erykah Badu meets Little Dragon and an eclectic style, Jean Deaux is poised for breakout success. She revisits her first open mic stages, opens up about a trauma, and reveals how she resists fear.

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This screening is part of Basilica Hudson’s Basilica Non-Fiction Screening Series, which explores the documentary genre through screenings and dialogue with visiting directors. Despite the fact that our screening room has temporarily closed due to COVID-19 restrictions, we remain committed to bringing independent film to the Hudson Valley. Basilica Hudson is thrilled to partner with the Greenville Drive-In to move the Basilica Non-Fiction Screening Series OUTDOORS for 2021.

Now in its 10th year, Basilica’s film program has displayed a long-standing commitment to bringing independent and innovative voices in film to the Hudson waterfront, through new and repertory film and video art, often with filmmakers and special guests in conversation.

This free screening is made possible by Leigh and Dwight of the Greenville Drive-in. Basilica Hudson’s Film and Media program is generously supported, in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, as well as the Alexander And Marjorie Hover Foundation.