The Lives of Hamilton Fish is a cinematic rock opera inspired by a true story and sung from a single voice, that of New York based artist Rachel Mason.
In conjunction with the ongoing exhibition at Marginal Utility Gallery, Mason will be singing the soundtrack of the film live and accompanied by artist and musician Steven Dufala (formerly of Man Man) at University of the Arts at the historic Elaine C. Levitt Auditorium on April 15 at 7pm.
The film’s story begins with a coincidence: A serial killer and a statesman, both named Hamilton Fish die on the same day -Hamilton Fish II, a descendant of one of the most prominent families in New York State and Hamilton “Albert” Fish, a psychopath and a most notorious child murderer. A newspaper editor publishes their obituaries on his front page and this coincidence becomes his obsession. The film’s story is told entirely through songs in the editor’s voice as scenes unfold as a surreal tale where supernatural events and historic facts merge in a wild, musical journey.
Multi-instrumentalist Steven Dufala is a founding member of the experimental rock band Man Man and one half of the Philadelphia based artist duo Dufala Brothers.
Doors open at 6:30pm. Show starts at 7pm.