Part of SFFILM Festival
Fantastic Negrito: Live Score + “Lost Landscapes of Oakland”
Friday, April 17, 8:00 pm · Castro Theatre
Join us for a one-time-only special event with live music by Grammy-winning blues-rocker Fantastic Negrito, who will perform an original score to Rick Prelinger’s collage film Lost Landscapes of Oakland.
Rick Prelinger’s Lost Landscapes projects are evolving compendiums of footage from amateurs, industrials, and newsreels that present city-specific histories. This piece, created by Prelinger and alex cruse, brings us rare and rediscovered images of Oakland and the East Bay.
Join us for a special evening as Fantastic Negrito adds his own soundtrack to a screening of Lost Landscapes of Oakland (Rick Prelinger, USA 2014–20, 70 min), one of Prelinger’s evolving city-specific compendiums of footage from amateurs, industrials, and newsreels; urban portraits forged with ephemera of events and people rarely seen, forgotten, or pushed aside by more “official” versions of history. Oakland-based musician Fantastic Negrito is the ideal artist to bring a musical soundscape to these landscapes. Born Xavier Dphrepaulezz, he taught himself guitar, piano, and drums and started writing songs after moving to Oakland at age 12. Though a near fatal car accident in 1999 appeared to end his career, his creativity reignited after the birth of his son, re-emerging as blues musician Fantastic Negrito. He released a self-titled EP in 2014 and won the inaugural NPR Tiny Desk contest in 2015. Since then, he has won two Grammys for his first two full length albums, The Last Days of Oakland and Please Don’t Be Dead. His third album, Have You Lost Your Mind Yet?, will be released this summer.
Rick Prelinger founded Prelinger Archives in 1982 with a collection of industrial, advertising, amateur, and educational films. In addition to his work as an archivist and filmmaker, he is a writer and a professor of film and digital media at UC Santa Cruz. Among his films are Panorama Ephemera (2004) and many iterations of the Lost Landscape series that in addition to Oakland, include works devoted to San Francisco, Detroit, and New York.