On November 11 at 7pm, The Frida Cinema presents new visual album, Nonsense Mouth, by theatrical composer Ellen Warkentine.
A surreal heroine’s journey in six chapters created by an all-female video production team, Nonsense Mouth highlights the power of women’s voices through its influences, style, and process. Celebrating the “madwoman” in her many forms, the visual album is inspired by female pioneers in the avant-garde such as Frida Kahlo, Meredith Monk, and Maya Deren. Nonsense Mouth is a personal rite of passage for Warkentine; it explores the dilemma of living as a complex human in a world with a limited imagination of what a woman can be. The all-female production crew includes: Director, Anjela Vega, Art Designer, Danielle Kaufman, Director of Photography, Dana Fytelson, Gaffer, Lisa Tom, Editor, Jacyln Chessen, and Costume Designer, Mieko Romming.
Warkentine is an Ovation-award winning composer with the LA-based “junkyard opera” company Four Larks, and was co-creator and composer of absurd cat meme opera, LOLPERA. She has contributed music to productions at Sacred Fools, UCLA, UCB, The Garage Theatre, Postmortem Burlesque, and RIOTstage by the late Josh Fischel. Warkentine’s style of theatrical art-pop is inspired by Bjork, Kate Bush, and My Brightest Diamond.
The music for Nonsense Mouth was produced at Big Ego Studios in Long Beach by Chris Schlarb. The music and video of Nonsense Mouth will be released in December, 2018, with new Long Beach music label, Monte Bre Records, and its title track will be released as a single and available for streaming and download on November 11th. The premiere will include a montage honoring women of the avant-garde, a screening of the full visual album, and a Q & A. Guests are invited to a reception after the screening with spins by DJ Lili Bird at Alta Baja Market, located near the Frida at 201 e. 4th St.
Tickets will be $15 at the door, but are available at a discounted pre-sale price of $10 online.