Reel Music 33: THE MAN WITH A MOVIE CAMERA w/ live score by Grammy-nominee Tom Peters

Man with a Movie Camera

We welcome Los Angeles composer and bassist Tom Peters for a live performance of his score for Vertov’s classic city symphony. Demonstrating his famed “kino-eye” theory, which endows the movie camera with the flexibility of the human eye, Vertov’s groundbreaking film retains the infectious exuberance that has made it an enduring classic. Though the film is part documentary—a portrait of a city and its inhabitants and a veiled political rumination on the state of the Soviet Union—it is also a witty compendium of extravagant camera techniques and editing tricks, forever commenting on itself and the perspective of the cinema audience. Appropriately, at the end of the film the “man with the movie camera” comes out from behind the lens to take a well-deserved bow. Tom Peters is a 2014 Grammy ® Award nominee in the Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance category for the recording “Cage: The Ten Thousand Things.” Special thanks to Walker. (84 mins.) 

Sponsored by All Classical Portland. 


Welcome to our 33rd annual edition of Reel Music. We’ve been on the lookout all year for new works—and timely classics—to feature in our annual celebration of sound, music, and image. Whether your passion is jazz, blues, rock, soul, opera, classical, avant-garde—or anything in between—we hope you find something to discover and inspire you in this eclectic mix of the familiar and unknown. As always, our special thanks go to Music Millennium, Willamette Week, Walker,, MusicFestNW, All Classical Portland, PDX Jazz, XRAY.FM, KMHD, KBOO, PDX Pipeline, Oregon Music News, and Marmoset.

THE MAN WITH A MOVIE CAMERA screens Saturday, January 23 at 7pm in our Whitsell Auditorium (located inside the Portland Art Museum).  The program is being presented as part of our 33rd Reel Music Festival.

Tickets are available online or at the door.

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