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Fantastic Planet (1973) with live music by Order of the Illusive

April 20 at 8:00 pm 10:00 pm

Fantastic Planet (1973)

You’d be tripping to miss 4/20 at The Linda. Experience the 1973 French animated Sci-fi masterpiece FANTASTIC PLANET with Live Accompaniment by Order of the Illusive, the project of Bradford Reed (King Missile III , inventor of the pencilina,) and Zach Layton.

Fantastic Planet (French: La Planète sauvage; Czech: Divoká planeta, lit. ‘The Wild Planet’) is a 1973 French-language experimental independent adult animated science fiction art film, directed by René Laloux and written by Laloux and Roland Topor, the latter of whom also completed the film’s production design. The film was animated at Jiří Trnka Studio in Prague.The film was an international co-production between companies from France and Czechoslovakia. The allegorical story, about humans living on a strange planet dominated by giant humanoid aliens who consider them animals, is based on the 1957 novel Oms en série by French writer Stefan Wul.

A working title while in development was Sur la planète Ygam (On the Planet Ygam),which is where most of the story takes place; the actual title (The Fantastic/Savage Planet) is the name of Ygam’s moon. Production began in 1963. Fantastic Planet was awarded the Grand Prix special jury prize at the 1973 Cannes Film Festival, and in 2016, it was ranked the 36th greatest animated movie ever by Rolling Stone

It is the first animated movie to be rated PG by the MPAA in the United States

Order of The Illusive

Bradford Reed (pencilina and drums) is Brooklyn, NY based composer, multi-instrumentalist and producer who fights and tames the idiosyncrasies of the pencilina, an original instrument of his own design and construction which he’s performed with worldwide over the last three decades. He played with King Missile III (and produced 4 of their records) and in the Blue Man Group’s original band. He currently plays with Satellite and the Harpoonist, Ohmslice and Anthems of the Void. He’s composed for film and television including the music for the first season Superjail! on Adult Swim and 3 seasons of Ugly Americans on Comedy Central and has had residencies at The Sundance Composer’s Lab, The Ucross Foundation, Pioneer Works and The Banff Center for the Performing Arts.

Geoff Gersh (guitar) is a guitarist, composer and improviser based in the NYC area. He explores the sonic boundaries of the electric guitar with and without the aid of electronic devices and found objects to produce sounds one would normally not associate with the guitar. His music moves between the worlds of ambient, drone, improvisation and experimental

music. Geoff has had the opportunity to perform and collaborate with Pauline Oliveros, Jonathan Bepler and many other musicians, choreographers and visual artists domestically and abroad. He has 3 CDs on Pauline Oliveros’ Deep Listening Label as well as a number of self released titles under the name Ambient Fields including the latest CD, Ólafsfjörður, released in early 2020. Geoff has received grants from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Meet the Composer, American Music Center, Creative Connections Arts Fund at the Vermont Community Foundation, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and has participated in the Banff Early Fall Musicians in Residence Program (Andres Segovia Memorial Endowment), Banff Winter Musicians in Residence Program (Banff Centre Artists’ Award), Listhus Moving Lights Residency in Olafsfjordur, Iceland and Audiotalia Summer Camp in Barcelona, Spain.

Zach Layton (17 string bass) is a guitarist, composer, curator, teacher and visual artist based in Brooklyn and Troy, NY. His work explores emergent visual and auditory phenomena occurring in space, time, sound and light. He has composed orchestral music for the Cleveland Chamber Symphony and the String Orchestra of Brooklyn and has performed and exhibited at the Guggenheim Museum, the Kitchen, MoMa/PS1, ISSUE Project Room, Roulette, EMPAC, Eyebeam, WNYC New Sounds Festival, International Computer Music Festival, Experimental Intermedia, Performa, Exit Art, Sculpture Center, Transmediale Berlin, SCOPE Art Foundation, Audio Art Festival Krakow and many other venues in New York and worldwide. Zach is also founder of the experimental music series, “Darmstadt: Classics of the Avant Garde” (co-curated with Nick Hallett), former co-curator of the MoMa/PS1 WarmUp music series and former curator of Issue Project Room. Zach has received grants from the Netherlands America Foundation, Turbulence.org, NYFA, Experimental Television Center, Danish Council for Visual Arts, Jerome Foundation, Signal Culture, Wave Farm and recipient of the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, 2015 Grants to Artists Award. Zach is currently a professor of music at Ramapo College of New Jersey

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