Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Within Our Gates (slide show)

 "Art is Business"
Join us for a post discussion on May 12, 2017
Phantom Gallery Chicago Network
436 E. 47th Strteet, Room 205
773-681-6570 RSVP Space is limited

The film is one of the earliest examples, and certainly the most ambitious extant example, of black appropriation of the emerging technology to contest representations of African Americans in mass culture.

Renee will lead a discussion on the importance of screening silent movies and their juxpostion in today racial climate. 

The film was completed by late 1919 but delayed from release until January 1920 by two months of debate within Chicago’s film censor board. The major black-owned newspaper of the time, The Chicago Defender, reported on the dispute over the film’s showing, with reference to the city’s race riots the previous summer (in which twenty-three African Americans and fifteen whites died): “Those who reasoned with the spectacle of last July in Chicago ever before them, declared the showing pre-eminently dangerous; while those who reasoned with the knowledge of existing conditions, the injustices of the times, the lynchings and handicaps of ignorance, determined that the time is ripe to bring the lesson to the front.”  Essay by Scott Simmon

Monday, May 1, 2017

“Within Our Gates” (Oscar Micheaux) w/new score by Renée Baker

"Art is Business" all films scored by Renee Baker

Fri May 12, 7:00pm - 9:30pm


 RSVP space limited
Phantom Gallery Chicago Network, 436 E. 47th Street, Room 205

USA, 1920 • Directed by Oscar MicheauxCast Evelyn Preer (Sylvia Landry), Flo Clements (Alma Prichard), James D. Ruffin (Conrad Drebert), Jack Chenault (Larry Prichard), William Smith (Philip Gentry), Charles D. Lucas (Dr. V. Vivian), Bernice Ladd (Mrs. Geraldine Stratton), Mrs. Evelyn (Mrs. Elena Warwick), William Stark (Jasper Landry), Manic Edwards (His wife), Ralph Johnson (Philip Gridlestone), E.G. Tatum (Efrem), Grant Edwards (Emil Landry), Grant Gorman (Armand Gridlestone) Writer, Director, Producer Oscar Micheaux 

Live Post show discussions over cocktails. 

 About CMOP

The Chicago Modern Orchestra Project ©® is an offshoot of the highly successful Mantra Blue FreeOrchestra ©®,both groups directed by Renèe Baker.

While MBFO plays only original compositions by Ms. Baker, involving her own highly developed“conduction-like” style of directing, the CMOP is dedicated to commissioning, performing and recording contemporary creative and classical music of many new composers.

The mission of the orchestra is to excite and encourage new audiences with their own brand of “out-of-the-box” programming. We gratefully acknowledge the individuals, corporations, and foundations whose generous support makes our concerts and recordings possible.

Contact Renèe Baker at: for information regarding concert bookings.

Articles researched for the blog post:

American Film Society
Why I  will Watch Within Our Gates?

San Francisco Silent Film Festival

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Free Screening Film Series Scored by Renee Baker

"Art is Business" with Renee Baker
April 13th, 2017 , 7pm 'Broken Bloosom'
Phantom Gallery Chicago, 436 E. 47 th Street, 205

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Broken Blossoms  1919USA can be purchased online $24.99

Broken Blossoms or The Yellow Man and the Girl, often referred to simply as Broken Blossoms, is a 1919 American silent drama film directed by D.W. Griffith. It was distributed by United Artists and premiered on May 13, 1919. It stars Lillian Gish, Richard Barthelmess and Donald Crisp, and tells the story of young girl, Lucy Burrows, who is abused by her alcoholic prizefighting father. 

New Score 2016 Renee' Baker/Chicago Modern Orchestra Project@ Wabi House Media 2016 Production Engineer: Ryan M. Baker.

May 12th, 7pm Within Our Gates

June 8th, Symbols of the Unconqured

773-681-6870 RSVP space limited

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Beyond the Loop: Pop-up scene is contagious

Beyond the Loop: Pop-up scene is contagious

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Sojo Art Murals

Beautiful Murals at the Art and Business Center for The Sojourner Truth Multicultural Art Museum. 2251 Florin Road, Sacramento CA

Monday, March 6, 2017

Renée Baker Screening Scoring Silent Race Films

"Art is Business"

Renée Baker will screen along with the sound track from her adventurous Chicago Modern Orchestra Project ensemble as it performs  her score from "race films" of the silent era: the Oscar Micheaux classic Body and Soul (1925) at Phantom Gallery Chicago  on March 10, 2017- film starts at 7pm.

Body and Soul 1920

Within Our Gates, Film maker Oscar Micheaux

Renée Baker on the challenges of scoring silent race films: This fall the musician will provide live accompaniment to two mid-1920s pictures.