attention all vampires!
On a cold, dark October night in New York City, vampires, witches, and zombies found their way to the Masquerade.
It was a night of Halloween Horror!
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.
A film by Andrea Mastrovito / Produced by More Art / Original score by Simone Giuliani / Teaser music by Michael Leonhart / Edited by Yanzi.it
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.
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.
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 7:30pm
Screening in collaboration with the NYU Center for Religion and Media
Followed by a roundtable conversation: 'Our Vampires, Our Selves: Immigrants, Desire, Fear' with director Andrea Mastrovito, and NYU religious studies scholars Simran Jeet Singh and Angela Zito
Sponsored by NYU Religious Studies, NYU Center for Media Culture and History, NYU Cinema Studies
RSVP: email@example.com– First come, first seated. Doors will open at 5:45pm.
October 26 -November 5
Screening accompanied by a live performance by the Luigi Boccherini Orchestra from Lucca, Italy conducted by Simone Giuliani with live vocals by Bisan Toron.
MORE SCREENING DATES COMING SOON!!!
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.
Published by Alexandra Simon on August 22nd, BROOKLYN PAPER
This flick gives an old movie life after undeath.
A new animated horror film updates and upends a classic silent vampire movie to explore the immigrant experience in New York City. “NYsferatu: Symphony of a Century,” playing in Brooklyn Bridge Park on Sept. 7, gives the 1922 German film “Nosferatu” a modern New York setting and a blood-sucking character who may not be as bad as you think. Its Italian-born creator spent three years drawing the film, but says that the recent immigration restrictions suggested by the tweeter-in-chief have made the film resonate more than ever. Read More.
Published by Victoria Stapley Brown on August 18th, THE ART NEWSPAPER
The New York-based Italian artist Andrea Mastrovito has spent the past three years working on an animated adaptation of FW Murnau’s Nosferatu: Symphony of Horror, the classic German Expressionist silent film (1922) based on the Dracula story by Bram Stoker (1897), using its treatment of fear and the unknown it to look at immigration—for instance, the vampire as a symbol of the “other”—and other major socio-political issues in this millenium. In Mastrovito’s adaptation, NYsferatu: Symphony of a Century, the foolish and naïve protagonist Thomas Hutter (whose name switches during the film: Hatter, Hutter, Hunter…) heads to Syria to try and sell the former immigration gateway Ellis Island to the vampire, while his wife Ellen stays behind in New York. Read More.
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.
Time Out New York: Outdoor Movie Screening: NYsferatu: Symphony of a Century
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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.
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.
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
Published by Di Anna Gandolfi on July 16th, 2017, Il Corriere della Sera
Trascinato in tribunale dalla vedova di Bram Stoker, furibonda a causa del mancato accordo sui diritti d’autore per l’uso del romanzo del marito, Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau non sa più che pesci pigliare: nel suo film Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens, liberamente quanto palesemente (da qui, il contenzioso) ispirato al Dracula letterario del 1897, aveva già modificato titolo, nomi dei personaggi, geografia. Eppure non basta a convincere i giudici, il cui verdetto è inappellabile: il lungometraggio deve sparire. Le copie vanno al macero. Ma il regista tedesco, questa volta, non ci sta: ne nasconde una, che diventa clandestina. Read More.
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
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
Published by Helga Marsala on December 3rd, 2016, Artribune.
RIDISEGNARE UN CAPOLAVORO DEL CINEMA
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
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
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
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
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 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.
More Art Staff:
Micaela Martegani, Jeff Kasper, Samantha Giarratani, Kate Levy, Brandi Mathis, Zoey Hart
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