This Friday, Seattle band The Maldives will be performing an original score for the 1928 film The Wind at The Triple Door June 7th (that’s this Friday!). The event, which includes two performances (one all-ages at 7pm and one 21+ at 9:30pm), is part of the Seattle International Film Festival series.
The Wind isn’t the Maldives’ first SIFF rodeo. “A couple of years ago,” said frontman Jason Dodson, “SIFF asked us to write and perform a score to a silent film of our choosing. At the time we were pretty steeped in Seattle’s Americana scene, so we chose the western, Riders of the Purple Sage. We got a lot of positive feedback for actually writing our own score. Mayor McGinn even introduced us!”
This year, SIFF asked The Maldives to come back and do it all again. “My friend Leo Mayberry thought The Wind would be a good choice for us,” Dodson added. “I took it home and it was an instant hit with the band. It is quite a beautiful and haunting film, with some arresting images. We spent a lot of time hiding out in the basement playing along to the movie as we watched it. I can’t wait to see how it translates to the big screen!”
The Wind, starring Lillian Gish (whose name inspired The Smashing Pumpkins album title Gish), is one of MGM’s last silent films and features a dramatic performance by Gish as Letty Mason, who visits her cousin’s ranch and becomes increasingly bothered by the wind and three overly-determined suitors. Letty is pushed toward madness throughout the film, directed by Victor Sjöström (considered by many to be the father of Swedish cinema), through psychotic imagery and natural disturbances. In Texas, the harsh southern wind is believed to be “a ghost horse that lives in the clouds,” the movie explains.
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit SIFF’s website. If you’re not already convinced by the greatness of The Maldives or their previous success with Riders of the Purple Sage, check out the trailer for The Wind here: