Body and Soul

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Body and Soul

  1. Saturday, February 18, 2017 7:00 p.m.
Still image from the film Body and Soul
An escaped convict masquerades as Reverend Isaiah Jenkins in a predominantly Black Georgian town in the 1920s. After being joined by a fellow escaped prisoner, the two plot to take advantage of the unsuspecting congregation who have grown to adore their new reverend. Things become complicated when Jenkins falls for a young woman who also happens to be in love with his long-estranged twin brother. Thus begins an entanglement that leads to betrayal and eventual ruin.

The film will be presented with a live, world-premiere performance of a new orchestral score by Charlie Oh. (35mm Presentation)

The 2016 Jon Vickers Film Scoring Award was presented to Eun-Chul “Charlie” Oh in May of 2016 as a commission to create an orchestral score for Oscar Micheaux’s 1925 film, Body and Soul. This annual award is endowed by a gift from former IU trustee, the Honorable P.A. Mack Jr. Through a juried competition, the commission is awarded each year to a student from the Jacobs School of Music. This premiere presentation includes IU students in the roles of composer, conductor, musicians, audio technicians, projectionist, house managers, and ushers.

This screening is made possible thanks to the generous support of Old National Bank.

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