THE LIVES OF HAMILTON FISH with live musical accompaniment

The Lives of Hamilton Fish 1

Rachel Mason wrote, directed and stars in this inventive cinematic rock-opera-fantasy inspired by a true story. On January 16, 1936, the deaths of two men—both named Hamilton Fish—were printed on the front page of the Peekskill Evening Star News. Hamilton Fish II was a descendant of one of the state’s most prominent families, and Hamilton “Albert” Fish was a notorious serial killer. In HAMILTON FISH, Mason plays—and sings—the role of a newspaper editor obsessed with the coincidence of their juxtaposed obituaries. A surreal tale unfolds in which supernatural events and historic facts merge in a fanciful musical journey. “She inhabits both their psyches, and the facts of their lives blur together and veer toward fantasy: there are dances in gazebos, strangely painted faces, songs about fish out of water, about the killer’s self-doubt.”—LA Weekly. (70 min.)

Rachael Mason will perform live accompanied by Seattle band Night Cadet.


THE LIVES OF HAMILTON FISH screens Monday, September 21 at 7pm in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum).

Tickets are available online or at the door.


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