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A film by Andrea Mastrovito / Produced by More Art / Original score by Simone Giuliani / Teaser music by Michael Leonhart / Edited by Yanzi.it

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Animated Recreation of Original Vampire Film

Premieres in Free Public Screenings

 

This August, More Art premieres NYsferatu: Symphony of a Century by Andrea Mastrovito, a spectacular, hand-animated, silent film that combines music and community engagement to create a powerful and poignant statement about the horrors of the unknown and the inspiring search for liberty. More Art, a local nonprofit that fosters collaborations between professional artists and communities, will host a series of free screenings of the film in public parks, cultural institutions, and venues across New York City this summer and fall.

NYsferatu is a rotoscope recreation of Friedrich W. Murnau’s seminal 1922 film Nosferatu, itself an adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Each background scene has been entirely redrawn to set the film in present day New York City. Taking the first step in a three-year process, Mastrovito and a team of 12 artists drew each background three times to replicate the beautifully eerie flickering shutter effect of early cinema. The artist, whose installations have captivated viewers throughout Europe and New York, aimed to create a summary of our times, a kind of “everybody's biography” using cinema as a popular language.

The film is accompanied by an original musical score composed by Simone Giuliani. At select locations, the newly commissioned score will be performed live by distinguished professional musicians, bringing a new layer of improvisational dynamism to the film.

Turning the original film on its head, NYsferatu questions the classical interpretation of the vampire, seen here as the prototypical outsider, while it addresses the many obstacles encountered by immigrants who often escape war and hardships at home only to face challenges such as economic exploitation, discrimination, and xenophobia in their new country. Viewers of all ages should expect to see many familiar images in the film including iconic New York City landmarks like the Statue of Liberty and the Freedom Tower as well as countless visual references to our current economic and political climate, rewarding multiple viewings.

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AUGUST 14
8:30pm

Pier 63 at Hudson River Park

Musical improvisation by The Dick Valentine Vampyre Jamboree
Featuring Dick Valentine of Electric Six and James Wells and Quinn English of The Gay Blades

Please bring your own picnic blanket or chair. Food is OK, but no alcohol or smoking is permitted.


AUGUST 17
8:30pm

Queens Museum
Flushing Meadows-Corona Park 

Featuring the original soundtrack by Simone Giuliani
Family-friendly drawing and animation art activities start at 7:00pm

Please bring your own picnic blanket or chair. Food is OK, but no alcohol or smoking is permitted.


SEPTEMBER 7
7:30pm

Brooklyn Bridge Park

Musical improvisation by
The Michael Leonhart Orchestra

Please bring your own picnic blanket or chair. Food is OK, but no alcohol or smoking is permitted.


SEPTEMBER 9
7:30pm

Sunset Park, Brooklyn

Featuring the original soundtrack by Simone Giuliani
Family-friendly drawing and animation art activities start at 6:00pm

Please bring your own picnic blanket or chair and a warm sweatshirt, just in case it gets chilly. Food is OK, but no alcohol or smoking is permitted.
 


SEPTEMBER 14
7:30pm

Central Park at Mineral Springs   

Musical improvisation by CUP
Featuring Nels Cline of Wilco & Yuka C. Honda of Cibo Matto

Please bring your own picnic blanket or chair and a warm sweatshirt, just in case it gets chilly. Food is OK, but no alcohol or smoking is permitted.


SEPTEMBER 15
7:00pm

 

Magazzino Italian Art, Cold Spring

Musical improvisation TBD


SEPTEMBER 19
6:00pm

Italian Cultural Institute

Musical improvisation by Marco Cappelli Acoustic Trio
Featuring Marco Cappelli on guitar, Ken Filiano on bass, and Satoshi Takeishi on percussion.

More info


OCTOBER 13
6:00pm

Cantor Film Center
36 E 8th St, New York
  

Screening in collaboration with the NYU Center for Religion and Media

Followed by the Panel Discussion: 'Our Vampires, Our Selves: Immigrants, Desire, Fear.' with , Angela Zito, Professor of Anthropology at NYU, Simran Jesst Singh, Professor of Religious Studies at Trinity University and Henry R. Luce Fellow at CRM and Andrea Mastrovito

 RSVP: info@moreart.org            


October 26 -November 5

rome film fest 

Featuring the original soundtrack by Simone Giuliani


MORE SCREENING DATES COMING SOON!!!

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Calling all vampires!

Celebrate this Halloween with Count Orlok and the whole NYsferatu crew including the artist himself, Andrea Mastrovito. More Art is hosting a Masquerade Party Spectacular filled to the brim with costume contests, special celebrity guests, live music, and lots of delectable mortals (ehmm....we mean cocktails!)

The Box
Theater of Varieties


October 26th
7:00pm-11:00pm
 

Tickets go on sale later this Summer. All proceeds go to keep our film screenings and events free throughout New York City and beyond!

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More Art and artist Andrea Mastrovito are excited to collaborate with Queens Museum, The New New Yorkers program, and Turning Point Brooklyn, ESOL program to offer a free 4-week long course that brought film studies and writing into the classroom. As a part of NYsferatu: A Symphony of a Century, students were introduced to the 1922 classic film 'Nosferatu' based on Bram Stoker's famous 'Dracula', and further learned to incorporate their personal experiences of living in New York City into writing the title cards for the new film—in English and their native languages.

New New Yorkers Collaborators include: Patrick Ciccarone, Carol Ciccarone, Daniel Khan, Claudia Cortes, Joaquin Fernando Morales, Chuan-Kuo Jiang, Juliana Acevedo, Yamileth Velasco, Dominic Wong, Tsae Jiaug, Sharlene Chou, Susana Jo, Judy, Yenti Chu, Stacey Martin, Sneha Martin, as well as New New Yorkers Manager, Guido Garaycochea.

Turning Point Brooklyn Collaborators include: Afrah Alzendani, Gilberto Arenas, Rosa Bonilla, Antonia Cortes, Rosa De Leon, Zhong Dong, Jannatul Ferdous, Naha Isa, Qing Yun Ni, Edith Saldivar, Olga Schloma, Huda Yateh, Lizbeth Torres, Li Ping Wang, as well as Turning Point Staff, Maritza Arrastia. 

Special thanks to guest teaching artists PJ Gubatina Policarpio and Erin Turner. 

Learn more about the workshops

 
 
 
 
 

Published by Elisa Wouk Almino on August 15th, HYPERALLERGIC

Nearly one century later, Friedrich W. Murnau’s silent vampire movie Nosferatu continues to scare and inspire. Premiering this week, Andrea Mastrovito’s NYsferatu reimagines the 1922 film set in present-day New York City, whose monuments and landmarks are rendered into haunting, black-and-white rotoscope animations made from 35,000 drawings in collaboration with 12 artists.

While it’s been three years in the making, Mastrovito’s movie feels especially timely now. The revised storyline casts the vampire as an outsider, and follows the lives of immigrants, who must also battle with their image as social pariahs. Read More.

NYsferatu Press Round-up

Published by Ali Vela, on August 15th, DECAY MAG

Nosferatu. Does this word not sound like the midnight call of the Bird of Death?” Ninety-five (95) years later and chills still run down the spine when the creature gets spoken of. Andrea Mastrovito has brought Nosferatu back to life but with unique views on today’s cold modern society and the challenges of immigrants who deal with a challenging personal quest for freedom.

Starting August 14th, public art organization More Art in collaboration with artist  Andrea Mastrovito will present NYsferatu: Symphony of a Century. Read More. 

35,000 Drawings Turn a Vampire Classic Into a Story of Immigrant New York

Published by Kasper van Laarhoven on August 11th, BEDFORD + BOWERY

For three years, Italian artist Andrea Mastrovito and a dozen assistants have slaved away on NYsferatu: a Symphonie of a Century, a remake of the 1922 vampire classic Nosferatu, but made out of 35,000 hand-drawn pictures. “This movie is my second wife right now,” Mastrovito told us. “We are always together, me and NYsferatu. And even if I love it, I love and hate it. NYsferatu has sucked my blood.”

At last, this Monday, the film will premiere at Pier 63. Read More.

Artist Uses Dracula To Make A Point About The NYC Immigrant Experience

Published by Melissa Prax on August 4th, 2017, NEWSY

An artist is showing the New York City immigrant experience through the story of "Dracula."

"The Western feeling today is being afraid of people coming from outside. People see them as strangers, so ... I thought 'Dracula' was a really good metaphor for our times," artist Andrea Mastrovito said.

The movie looks at how immigrants assimilate — including barriers they face, like discrimination and other hardships. Read More

'Nosferatu' gets re-animated as an allegory for the immigration crisis

Published by DJ Panburn on July 10th, 2017, VICE: Creators

Filmmaker Andrea Mastrovito turns the iconic film 'Nosferatu' into an animated metaphor for modern times.

In the classic silent horror film Nosferatu, inspired by Bram Stoker's Dracula, a mysterious stranger arrives in a German town and wreaks death and destruction. With nationalistic political climates in Europe and the US rife with anti-immigration hysteria, animator Andrea Mastrovito saw in Nosferatu a metaphor for modern times and set out to resurrect F.W. Murnau's iconic vampire film with a contemporary twist. Read More

ANIMATED RECREATION OF ORIGINAL VAMPIRE FILM PREMIERES IN FREE PUBLIC SCREENINGS

Published by Movies News Desk on July 11th, 2017, Broadway World.

This August, More Art premieres NYsferatu: Symphony of a Century by Andrea Mastrovito, a spectacular, hand-animated, silent film that combines music and community engagement to create a powerful and poignant statement about the horrors of the unknown and the inspiring search for liberty. More Art, a local nonprofit that fosters collaborations between professional artists and communities, will host a series of free screenings of the film in public parks, cultural institutions, and venues across New York City this summer and fall. Read More

NYsferatu, un vampiro a New York. Mastrovito come Murnau

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Published by Helga Marsala on December 3rd, 2016, Artribune.

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La rappresentazione per eccellenza dell’incubo, della metà occulta, del doppio oscuro che minaccia la luce ordinaria delle cose e il piano rassicurante del giorno. Nosferatu, capolavoro di Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau, uscito nel 1922 e ispirato al Dracula letterario di Bram Stoker, ebbe un destino avverso: nonostante furono modificati titolo, nomi dei personaggi e ambientazioni, il film (in quanto versione cinematografica non autorizzata) venne condannato alla distruzione per violazione del diritto d’autore. Andarono al macero tutte le copie sulla piazza, tranne una: lo scaltro Murnau l’aveva messa al riparo dalle grinfie dei tribunali. Da questa rocambolesca vicenda alla celebrazione storica, il passo fu breve. Oggi la storia del Conte Orlok, spaventoso inquilino del castello di Wisborg, è incastonata nel firmamento dei grandi miti del cinema di tutti i tempi. Read More

Un artista italiano reinterpreta il Nosferatu di Murnau

Published by Sky Arte on December 3rd, 2016.

Partita su Kickstarter la raccolta degli ultimi fondi per terminare NYsferatu, un film d’animazione di oltre 60 minuti e 30mila disegni, iniziato nel 2014 da Andrea Mastrovito e che vedrà la luce tra agosto e settembre del 2017 a New York. Questo ambizioso progetto di arte pubblica che unisce film, musica ed impegno sociale – con lo scopo di presentare un resoconto intenso e mordace dei diritti degli immigranti nel mondo di oggi – consiste nella trasposizione a New York del famoso film Nosferatu di Friedrich W. Murnau del 1922, a sua volta un adattamento di Dracula, il romanzo di Bram Stoker. Read More

Un vampiro bergamasco a New York L’ombra di Mastrovito su NYsferatu

Published by Bergamopost on December 6th, 2016.

Uno che dell’eclettismo ha fatto una cifra personale, mescolando disegno, pittura, scultura, installazione, cultura alta ed estetica pop, letteratura, cinema, spiritualità, passione per il calcio, suggestioni filosofiche e riferimenti alla storia dell’arte». Presentazione magistrale quella che fa Helga Marsala su Artribune. Il soggetto è Andrea Mastrovito, 38enne di Bergamo, tra gli artisti italiani delle ultime generazioni più apprezzati a livello internazionale. Il suo nuovo progetto lo porta ad affrontare l’ombra delle paure ataviche, il disordine della notte che minaccia la sicurezza della vita civile, l’incubo che si allunga sulla società della speranza. Sentimenti oscuri, egregiamente riuniti nel buio del film Nosferatu di Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau, uscito nel 1922 e ispirato al Dracula letterario di Bram Stoker. Una pellicola, tra l’altro, che ebbe un destino avverso: in quanto versione cinematografica non autorizzata, venne condannata alla distruzione per violazione del diritto d’autore. Andarono al macero tutte le copie sulla piazza, tranne una: Murnau l’aveva messa al sicuro. E per fortuna. Il cinema avrebbe perso uno dei suoi miti. Read More

 

NYsferatu by Andrea Mastrovito

Published by Constantinos Moraitakis on December 10th, 2016, Delood.

NYsferatu, an ambitious public art project that combines film, music, and community engagement to create a powerful and poignant statement about immigrant rights in today’s world. In NYsferatu, Murnau’s famous vampire, Count Orlok, is catapulted to present-day New York. The whole original movie, Nosferatu (1922), is entirely re-drawn, frame by frame, by the artist and a team of twenty assistants. In the process, they will create more than 35.000 drawings. Read More

 
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Andrea Mastrovito

Andrea Mastrovito (b. 1978) is a New York based, Italian-born artist whose artistic path snakes through the reinvention of drawing and swings from his studio to the audience through public performances and installations. He is the 2007 recipient of the New York Prize, 2012 recipient of the Moroso Prize, the 2016 recipient of the Ermanno Casoli Prize. Solo exhibitions include N'importe ou hors du monde, Chateaux de la Drome (2015), France; Here the Dreamer Sleep, Andersen Museum, Rome (2015); At The End of the Line, GAMEC, Bergamo (2014); and Le Cinque Giornate, Museo del Novecento, Milan (2011). His works have also been included in numerous group exhibitions across Europe and United States including: Museum of Art and Design, New York, MAXXI National Museum of the 21st century and Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome; Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester; B.P.S. 22, Charleroi; Museum of Contemporary Design and Applied Arts, Lausanne.  www.andreamastrovito.com

 

More Art

More Art is a New York-based nonprofit organization that fosters collaborations between professional artists and communities to create public art and educational programs that inspire social justice. We prioritize community participation, and approach critical issues respectfully and poignantly, while encouraging solutions-based dialogue and action. Projects are anchored by sustainable collaborations with grassroots organizations addressing social justice issues specific to their communities. Since its inception in 2004, More Art has presented 40+ indoor and outdoor public art installations and screenings in locations including Union Square, Sunset Park, and the West 4th Subway Station, among many others, with the world’s most renowned contemporary artists, including Andres Serrano, Krzysztof Wodiczko, Joan Jonas, Pablo Helguera, and Ernesto Pujol. www.moreart.org

 

Simone Giuliani

NYsferatu's composer Simone Giuliani is a New York and Los Angeles based, Italian-born film & TV composer, music director, music producer, and keyboard player. In the past two decades, he has been working with an array of international artists: Beyoncé, Andrea Bocelli, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, David Foster, DJ Logic, Wu-Tang Clan, and many more. Additionally, Simone wrote and produced original music for a number of TV films and series: "Deep in Shambhala" by Yan Dazhong, Spike Lee's Humanity Project, Blindspot, CSI, True Blood, and others. Since 2008, he has been joining forces with Grammy Award-winner producer Jason Olaine releasing rare live recordings of Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Louis Armstrong, and more jazz legends for Monterey Jazz Festival Records (Concord Music Group).

 

More Art and artist Andrea Mastrovito are excited to collaborate with Alessi to produce a limited edition of 50 laser etched stainless steel Disco Volante serving trays by Piero Lissoni for Alessi, 2008 | 40 x 40 cm (15 ¾ x 15 ¾ in). 

The image of Washington Square By Night is inspired by NYsferatu: Symphony of a Century by Andrea Mastrovito (2017), a public art project inspired by F. W. Murnau’s 1922 film, Nosferatu, and Bram Stoker’s story of Dracula. 

Produced by More Art in New York
Tray Made by Alessi in Italy
Laserwork by BKLZR in Brooklyn

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