An Evening with Thomas Dolby: Songwriter, Musician, Innovator and Filmmaker
Throckmorton TheatreThu, Oct 10, 2013 8:00 PM Not Available
Film Info
Section:Special Events
World Cinema
Director:Thomas Dolby

Acclaimed music and technology innovator Thomas Dolby’s directorial debut, The Invisible Lighthouse, will have its US premiere at this year’s Festival. For this special screening, Dolby will perform live to picture in collaboration with Academy Award–nominated music designer/supervisor and bassist Blake Leyh (TremeThe Wire, The Abyss). Confirmed guests include Grammy-winning musician/producer Don Was, film composer Mark Isham, cellist/composer Zoe Keating, singer/songwriter Dan Hicks and Grammy- and Emmy-winning musician/producer Narada Michael Walden. More special guests to be announced.


The Invisible Lighthouse, shot and edited by legendary musician and producer Thomas Dolby, details the closure of a beautiful lighthouse on the tip of a mysterious island and former military post off the coast of England. Dolby, who has known the evocative flash of this lighthouse since he was a child, picked up a camera to document its imminent closure. Receiving little cooperation from the authorities, he risked a clandestine dawn raid capturing the eerie atmosphere of the island and the final flash of its iconic landmark using a remote-controlled drone and a selection of high-tech cameras. For this special event, Dolby will accompany his film and other visuals with live music in collaboration with music designer, supervisor and bassist Blake Leyh. Confirmed guests include multiple-Grammy-winning producer and musician Don Was, film composer Mark Isham and cellist composer Zoe Keating, and the legendary Dan Hicks. More special guests to be announced.


Event produced for MVFF by Steep Productions, Inc. in association with Famous4.

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Thomas Dolby has crafted a career that blends music and technology. His early hit songs, “She Blinded Me With Science” and “Hyperactive!,” and his keyboard and production work in the studio garnered him numerous awards, five Grammy nominations and live performances with the likes of David Bowie and Stevie Wonder. Recognizing the opportunities for digital distribution of music, Dolby started Beatnik Inc. licensed technology to Nokia to co-develop the first embedded software synthesis “polyphonic” ringtone engine for mass-market devices. For 12 years, Dolby also served as musical director of the world- famous TED Conferences. His first new studio album in two decades, A Map of the Floating City, received critical acclaim and was accompanied by the self-created, multi-user social networking game The Floating City.


In the wake of his new album Thomas Dolby has recently completed his first film, The Invisible Lighthouse. It documents the imminent closure of an historic lighthouse overlooking a mysterious ex-Military island near his coastal home in East Anglia, UK. The lighthouse will soon be abandoned to the North Sea; and this was so distressing to Dolby--who has fallen asleep to its rhythmic flash on his bedroom wall ever since he was a small boy-that he decided to mount a clandestine raid on the island in a high-speed RIB. Via a remote controlled quadrocopter camera, Dolby's film tells the story of the island's sinister past, and the controversial role the lighthouse played in Britain's most famous UFO incident. In live performance in the Fall of 2013 he will project his film while narrating and playing the musical score to picture.