published Thursday, February 7th, 2013

City Beat: Movies take center stage in March

Sometimes one good idea leads to others.

Last year, the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera staged a screening of "The Wizard of Oz." Sound engineers were able to drop out the music for the film, and the symphony provided it live as the action took place on a big screen at the Tivoli Theatre.

People liked it so much, CSO Executive Director Molly Sasse and her staff started brainstorming about doing it again with a different film.

After a few conversations with George S. Clinton, the Brainerd High School graduate who scored the Mortal Kombat, Austin Powers and The Santa Clause film franchises, a whole new event has been created.

The Southeast Film Music Symposium will take place March 1-3 at three locations, with Clinton serving as artistic adviser, panelist and as one of several conductors. He will join CSO Music Director Emeritus Robert Bernhardt and composer Peter Golub in conducting "Hooray for Hollywood."

Another highlight will likely be a screening, with the CSO providing the music, of "The Matrix." Composer Don Davis will conduct the CSO during the presentation. The Tivoli will host a rehearsal for the screening earlier in the day, so if you've ever wanted to watch a symphony prepare for a concert, that will be your opportunity.

The Majestic Theatre will host an opening reception and will screen "These Amazing Shadows," an award-winning documentary about the National Film Registry. Directors Paul Mariano and Kurt Norton, along with Golub, will be on hand to discuss the project.

Panel discussions are planned throughout the weekend. Clinton, for example, will discuss the creative process during "Where Does the Music Come From?"

You can attend one or all of the events.

• Chattanooga will host the inaugural Lookout Wild Film Festival March 22-24 at the Chattanooga Choo Choo. It is being presented by Get Out Chattanooga magazine and will feature films that showcase such activities as hang gliding, whitewater paddling and rock climbing.

"We think the festival is at the intersection of a number of efforts gaining momentum in Chattanooga," said festival director Andy Johns.

"The region is trying to bring in film projects as well as promote outdoor tourism and sustainability," he said. "The Lookout Wild Film Festival is where those ideas come together on-screen."

Contact staff writer Barry Courter at bcourter@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6354.

about Barry Courter...

Barry Courter is staff reporter and columnist for the Times Free Press. He started his journalism career at the Chattanooga News-Free Press in 1987. He covers primarily entertainment and events for ChattanoogaNow, as well as feature stories for the Life section. Born in Lafayette, Ind., Barry has lived in Chattanooga since 1968. He graduated from Notre Dame High School and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a degree in broadcast journalism. He previously was ...

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