Alexis Cuadrado composed a 53 minute live score for the silent film SHOES, directed in 1916 by Lois Weber, a pioneer American female director,
The film is a drama that follows the story of Eva Meyer, a young woman who struggles to replace her only pair of shoes, which are falling to pieces, while supporting a family of six with a deadbeat father. As it happens in movies, there’s a guy who likes the girl, but in this case he happens to be this sleazy jazz singer who harasses Eva and offers to buy her new shoes in exchange for sex. Desperate, Eva sleeps with him, gets the shoes but loses her innocence and perhaps her faith in humanity. However, at the end of the film her father announces that he has found a new job and that all is well. Life goes on, “the river flows” as the last title card says.
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The signature Winter Jazzfest Marathon scheduled for Friday January 11th – Saturday January 12th will feature over 100 groups performing on many stages. This two-night event straddles multiple venues surrounding Greenwich Village and Lower Manhattan.
Friday January 11th at 7:20pm
The Sheen Center
18 Bleecker Street, NYC
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