Just in time for Valentine’s weekend, the Lawrence Arts Center’s Microcinema and Free State Festival present a candlelit evening of film and music amidst the beautiful ambience of the Cider Gallery.
7pm: Doors open. Grab a drink from the bar and enjoy a showcase of short silent films by filmmaker Germaine Dulac.
7:30pm: Music performance by Julia Othmer and James T. Lundie accompanied by visual projections.
ABOUT THE MUSIC Julia Othmer’s piano-driven performances are mesmerizing fusions of raw power, vocal artistry and joy. The child of refugees, Othmer draws from a richly cultured palette of experience to inspire her intensely human yet otherworldly songs. Known for the intensity of her stage presence and dynamic performances, Othmer is one of seven artists selected to represent the USA for Global Music Match 2021 and a 2022 Official Showcasing Artist at Folk Alliance International. Julia’s award-winning music has been featured on NPR and the BBC, in film, TV, and video games. She tours internationally and has shared the stage with a range of artists including Emmylou Harris, Sarah McLachlan, Lisa Loeb, The Alarm and Regina Spektor. James Lundie is an innovative composer, producer, multi-instrumentalist, videographer, songwriter, and designer. In collaboration with his partner Julia Othmer, James creates inter-disciplinary, multi-media experiences. James has composed and produced music for film, television, audio branding, and international publicity campaigns. His studio recordings often feature bespoke audio equipment, re-created vintage gear and instruments of his own recreation.
ABOUT THE FILMS As one of the leading radical feminists of her day, Germaine Dulac was editor of La Française, the organ of the French suffragette movement. She also doubled as theater and cinema critic of the publication and became increasingly enamored with film as an art form. In 1915, she formed a production company with her husband called Delia Film and began directing highly inventive, small-budget pictures. Dulac emerged as a leading figure in the impressionist movement in French films. In the late 20s, she was an important part of the second avant-garde of the French cinema, creating films made according to the rules of visual music.
Jeremie Albino’s grainy ballads are inflected with a joyous tenor that has found him a
distinct space in the world of Americana, folk, blues, and country. Reimagining the
image of the lonesome wanderer, his music is rooted in the instant when everyone in a
room experiences the same moment in a multitude of different ways—embodying
solitude and connection all at once. Starting out playing late night gig slots, Jeremie’s rigour has landed him a blossoming touring career. Garnering attention from the community and press alike, he’s heralded as “a true resurgence of the most authentic
blues brought to life through the eyes of a modern and young, but old-soul artist ”(American Songwriter) and “the next in line of emotive band leaders that project soul
and directness atop a head turning sound” (Glide Magazine).
His latest album, Tears You Hide (2023), produced by Jeremie’s long time collaborator and manager Crispin Day, is a memento to family, resilience, and the road ahead. Three years in the making, the rickety footstomping, and lilting stories inherent to Albino’s sound remains, yet the narrative has shifted slightly. Tears You Hide troubles the romanticization of the past by cherishing the present, stringing a narrative where connection, resolve, and vulnerability are distilled in an unfiltered amount of gratitude.
Local piano driven song-writer Julia Othmer opens the night.