Monday, September 9, 2013

Thomas Dolby's Invisible Lighthouse tour

Thomas Dolby takes his new live show — part film, part concert, part transmedia event — on the road this fall. Each show will be a unique event that cannot be replicated outside of Dolby’s theater performance.

In a 20-date tour of historic art house cinemas and independent film festivals, Dolby will perform a live narration and musical score in front of a projected film image, accompanied by Foley artist/musician/sound designer Blake Leyh. Between them they will bring to U.S. audiences an innovative hybrid of documentary and art installation, as they manipulate sound, music and lighting to dramatic effect.

The Invisible Lighthouse is a new film that Thomas shot and edited entirely himself, detailing the closure of a beautiful lighthouse on the tip of a mysterious ex-military island off the East Coast of England.

Dolby - best known for his hit '80s singles “She Blinded Me With Science” and “Hyperactive!” - has known the evocative flash of this lighthouse since he was a child. Moved to pick up a film camera and document its imminent closure, he received little co-operation from the authorities. So he risked a clandestine dawn raid on the island in an RIB (rigid inflatable boat), and captured the eerie atmosphere of the island and the final flash of its iconic landmark using a remote controlled drone and a selection of high-tech spy cameras.

The Invisible Lighthouse has already received acclaim at U.S. film festivals including the Los Angeles DIY Film Festival, where it won the awards for Best Documentary and Best Director, L.A.’s Hollyshorts, the Albuquerque Film & Media Experience, the Columbia Gorge Film Festival, and JamFest in New Orleans, where it won for Best Documentary Short.

The U.S. tour this fall will kick off with a special evening at the Mill Valley Film Festival on Oct. 10, at which Dolby will conduct interviews and musical jams with several special guests before staging a full live performance of his film.

Also on the road will be The Time Capsule, an intriguing 1930s teardrop trailer bristling with high-tech equipment. VIP guests will be invited to step into the trailer and ask Thomas a question in person. The best conversations will be instantly uploaded to Dolby’s YouTube channel.

The Invisible Lighthouse live dates:

Oct. 10 MILL VALLEY, CA Mill Valley Film Festival
Oct. 20 ORLANDO, FL Orlando Film Festival
Oct. 23 SELLERSVILLE, PA Sellersville Theater
Oct. 24 PHILADELPHIA, PA The Trocadero Theatre in association with the Philadelphia Film Festival
Oct. 25 ALBANY, NY Swyer Theater
Oct. 26 SOMERVILLE, MA Somerville Theatre
Oct. 28 NEW YORK, NY Gramercy Theatre
Oct. 29 CARNEGIE, PA Andrew Carnegie Free Library and Music Hall
Oct. 30 TORONTO, ON 99 Sudbury
Nov. 1 GLOUCESTER, MA Cape Anne Film Festival
Nov. 3 ROYAL OAK, MI Royal Oak Music Theatre
Nov. 4 CHICAGO, IL Mayne Stage
Nov. 5 MINNEAPOLIS, MN Cedar Cultural Center
Nov. 6 MADISON, WI Majestic Theatre
Nov. 7 MILWAUKEE, WI Shank Hall
Nov. 9 ST LOUIS, MO Blueberry Hill in association with the St. Louis Film Festival
Nov. 11 LAWRENCE, KS Liberty Hall
Nov. 19 PORTLAND, OR Alberta Rose Theater
Nov. 21 SAN FRANCISCO, CA Swedish American Music Hall
Nov. 22 LOS ANGELES, CA Hollywood Forever Cemetery
Nov. 23 SACRAMENTO, CA Crest Theate

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