Guy Maddin and Kronos Quartet perform The Green Fog at VIFF 2017

The Green Fog — A San Francisco Fantasia with Kronos Quartet

Oct. 10, 8 p.m. | Centre for the Performing Arts

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Guy Maddin doesn’t hold back when discussing audience response to his work. The Manitoba-raised director knows his offbeat and provocative films have some calling him Guy Maddin-ing. But with his latest work, he has found a happy place collaborating with the renowned San Francisco new-music string section, the Kronos Quartet, in a live cinematic experience.

Titled The Green Fog — A San Francisco Fantasia, the 65 minute-long experimental sound and visual collage is something of a cut-and-paste reimagining of director Alfred Hitchcock’s 1958 masterpiece Vertigo. Using none of the original film’s footage, Maddin and his spectacular editing crew of brothers Evan and Galen Johnson — part of his Development Unlimited production team — put together a homage to both the silver-screen classic and the city of San Francisco. During the screening, the Kronos Quartet performs the score by Bay Area composer Jacob Garchik’s live.

2015 Sundance Film Festival Portraits – Day 4

PARK CITY, UT – JANUARY 26: Director/writer Guy Maddin of “The Forbidden Room” poses for a portrait at the Village at the Lift Presented by McDonald’s McCafe during the 2015 Sundance Film Festival on January 26, 2015 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)
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Director/writer Guy Maddin of ‘The Forbidden Room’ poses for a portrait at the Village at the Lift Presented by McDonald’s McCafe during the 2015 Sundance Film Festival on Jan. 26 in Park City, Utah.

“With the live element, it’s far easier to make a connection with the audience than what I manage with my non-live films,” said Maddin. “The walkout rate is practically zero compared to the 80-per-cent rates on my non-live films. I have truly had some Ruthian results, but not with these and I also believe that film festivals should have such special events.”

Many would disagree with Maddin’s analysis of his creative output. From early black and white gems such as 1988’s Tales From Gimli Hospital to the exploding colours of 1997’s Twilight of the Ice Nymphs or 2003’s triumphant The Saddest Music in the World, his unique storytelling and meticulous directing have made his name an art house, if not

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