Live Gypsy swing and silent films at Tryon Fine Arts Center, Oct. 1

Revenge of the Cameraman (1912) Directed by Wladislaw Starewicz


The Hot Club of San Francisco presents Cinema Vivant at TFAC, October 1

Who: The Hot Club of San Francisco
“One of the most cohesive and entertaining Gypsy swing bands in the United States” -San Francisco Chronicle
What: Cinema Vivant: An evening of vintage silent films accompanied by a live soundtrack of swing.
When: October 1, 2016. 8pm. The kickoff to the 2016-2017 Main Stage season.
Where: Tryon Fine Arts Center, 34 Melrose Avenue, Tryon, NC
Tickets: $35 Available September 10. Season tickets available now.

Imagine yourself in the idyllic French countryside in the 1930’s. Sometime before dark, a gypsy caravan sets up camp in a field outside of town, luring the locals out for an evening’s fun. The wanderers travel with a film projector, pointing it at the side of a barn. As the images flicker to life beneath the stars, gypsy musicians play their guitars and fiddles, matching every movement on the screen with characteristic virtuosity, passion and humor. Reviving this lost entertainment, The Hot Club of San Francisco presents Cinema Vivant, an evening of vintage silent films accompanied by live Gypsy swing.

Cinema Vivant is a celebration of imagination and innovation. Before World War I, European filmmaker Ladislaw Starewicz pioneered stop-action animation, creating a never-before-seen movie experience. A gifted storyteller who used the new medium of animation to illuminate his fantastic imaginings of the secret lives of ordinary objects, Starewicz has become an obscure cult hero. Two Starewicz films are featured in Cinema Vivant—The Cameraman’s Revenge, a charming piece about the marital troubles of beetles and The Mascot, an adventure story about lost toys. On the other side of the Atlantic, American Charley Bowers revolutionized the industry in the 1920’s by combining animation with live action. There It Is, a recently rediscovered film by Bowers, is a whimsical comedy about a mysterious occurrence investigated by Scotland Yard.

The Hot Club of San Francisco’s unforgettable performance, Cinema Vivant, will happen one night only on October 1st at 8:00pm. Tickets are $35 each, and will be available starting September 10 at or by calling 828.859.8322. Cinema Vivant is sponsored by Pacolet Milliken Enterprises, Inc. The 2016-2017 Main Stage Series is sponsored by Parsec Financial.

Season tickets are available now. The 2016-2017 Main Stage Season kicks off with Cinema Vivant on October 1st. and continues with Jackie Tohn on November 12th; Nnenna Freelon and the John Brown Trio on December 10th; Sierra Hull on January 14th; George Winston on March 25th; and J. Mark McVey on April 22nd.


About Alli Marshall
Alli Marshall has lived in Asheville for more than 20 years and loves live music, visual art, fiction and friendly dogs. She is the winner of the 2016 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize and the author of the novel "How to Talk to Rockstars," published by Logosophia Books. Follow me @alli_marshall

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