“… anybody who dreams can see the film and say, ‘Wow, this small group of people managed to do such a large-scale project in two years, which is almost unheard of.’ “ -The Record
Artisphere’s final film screening will be the area premiere of Jeremy Ambers’ Impossible Light, a feature-length documentary that follows Internationally renowned Artist, Leo Villareal, as he attempts to install an iconic fine art sculpture using 25,000 LED lights on the Western Approach of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Jeremy Ambers and then by a panel discussion with local arts personalities on what insights the Bay Bridge project can offer to those in this community working to realize big initiatives in the wake of the current climate affecting the DC area arts community.
The San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge opened in 1936 and was almost immediately overshadowed by the Golden Gate Bridge, which opened less than a year later. A dull workhorse next to a glamorous star, it seemed the Bay Bridge would never outshine its sister to the north. That all changed on the evening of March 5, 2013, when the Bay Bridge—thanks to 25,000 LED lights—did just that: shined.
As amazing as the lights are, the story of how they got there is perhaps even more so, a story given life by Jeremy Ambers’ captivating new feature-length documentary, Impossible Light.
Impossible Light provides an inside glimpse at how a small team of visionaries battled numerous obstacles—from the drawing board to the boardroom to 500 feet above San Francisco Bay—to turn an impossible dream into a glimmering reality. It details all of the drama and the joy involved in creating a work of art on the grandest of scales, and demonstrates that the Bay Lights truly is a project whose “impossibility made it possible.”Buy Tickets
Laissez les bons temps rouler!Transport yourself to the center of a Mardi Gras celebration when New Orleans group Stooges Brass Band performs at the Artisphere Ballroom on Saturday, June 6 at 8 p.m. Known for their electrifying stage presence, Stooges Brass Band has earned their rank as one of the most elite and well known brass bands in New Orleans.
Emerging on the scene in 1996, Stooges Brass Band gained notoriety for delivering full-blown musical parties that are deeply rooted in the culturally rich musical legacy of New Orleans. They have shared the stage with artists like Black Star (Mos Def and Talib Kweli), Jessica Simpson, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals and performed at elite music festivals such as the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, Bonnaroo, South by Southwest and the American Folk Festival. The Stooges Brass Band have also served as U.S. cultural ambassadors, hired to perform in Pakistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan to engage new audiences with their innovative blend of traditional New Orleans brass sounds, contemporary jazz and hip-hop beats. Most recently, the band’s music was featured on the soundtrack for Will Smith’s new film Focus.
Kicking off the night’s concert will be Washington, DC-based brass band Black Masala, who Washington Post has described as a “face-melting brass section [put] to work on rhythms as varied as Balkan beats, New Orleans jazz, indie rock and Appalachian roots music.”Buy Tickets
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Impossible Light: Film Screening
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Shake Your Brass Off! With Stooges Brass Band and Black Masala