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DJ Spooky Delivers ‘Rebirth of a Nation’

Posted in News on November 2, 2005
Conceptual artist/writer/musician Paul D. Miller, aka DJ Spooky That Subliminal Kid, recently unveiled his audio-visual extravaganza entitled "Rebirth of a Nation" to a packed house at the Redcat Theater at Disney Hall in Los Angeles. A video remix of D. W. Griffith's controversial 1915 silent movie, The Birth of a Nation, DJ Spooky combines film, dj culture, music, art and technology in a subliminal way in order to turn the tables on the explicitly racist film. His 75-minute multimedia presentation included original footage on three screens and an original score that he mixed live on stage.

Shown after the screening of "Rebirth of a Nation" are BMI's Doreen Ringer Ross, DJ Spooky, and BMI's Hanna Pantle and Liane Mori.

DJ Spooky's "Rebirth of a Nation" was also shown at San Francisco's Other Minds Music Festival in 2002, at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art and the Museum of the Moving Image in New York in 2003, and was commissioned by the Lincoln Center Festival, the Spoleto Festival USA and the Festival D'Automne in Paris during the 2004-2005 season.

Although the three-hour Civil War epic caused a wave of protests and riots throughout the country, The Birth of a Nation is largely viewed as the single most important film in American movie history. Its cinematic innovations and refinements, technical effects and artistic advancements, including a color sequence at the end, had a formative influence on future films and has had a recognized impact on film history and the development of film as art.

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