For: At Hand Productions, 92 Daffodil Lane, Levittown, PA 19055-1735Contact: Andrew Hanna (267)-981-5461FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Move over Michael Moore, Philadelphia has its own Fahrenheit 9/11.
Levittown, PA, September 29, 2004 – Move over Michael Moore, Philadelphia has its own “Fahrenheit 9/11.” Local artist Andrew Hanna has created a performance piece entitle “Prophecies of War.” The premiere at the Philadelphia Arts Bank in the spring of 2002 demonstrates his creative abilities in combining different media with a current social topic. In September 2005, “Prophecies of War” will appear at the Prince Music Theater.
Michael Moore’s films are known for dealing with various social problems. Many of the social issues that Moore addresses in his films range from economic hardships, to America’s beloved use of firearms, and in his latest film, “Fahrenheit 9/11,” he explores various issues dealing with the Bush Administration and the Iraq war. Local artist Andrew Hanna follows a similar path with his piece “Prophecies of War.” Like “Fahrenheit 9/11,” Hanna explores the use of war and its impact it has on society as a whole and the individual. Unlike “Fahrenheit 9/11,” which uses strictly film as a means to express his views, “Prophecies of War,” on the other hand uses several media to express and explore the issues of war. The use of live music, poetry, and visual multimedia are used to narrate Prophecies of War. “Prophecies of War is a piece that I started to create before the terrorist attacks of 9/11,” says local artist Andrew Hanna. “The original idea behind “Prophecies of War” was to, more or less, look at war in a omnipresence mind frame, but after the terrorist attacks, I decided to look at it from a objective view point and started to question the use of warfare. I’ve enjoyed performing and creating this piece and I look forward to seeing it performed again at the Prince. The other aspect that I’ve enjoyed too, was the fact that I’ve helped to contribute a modern artistic piece that reflects the current situation in America.”
While at The University of the Arts, Andrew Hanna tried various forms of musical expressions to convey his ideas. Instead of using old musical forms, he later studied the music and performance ensembles of the late 19th and early 20th century. This background gave him the foundation to create “Prophecies of War” and other productions. Hanna is composing other productions that explore various social issues.
The album, “Prophecies of War” can be purchased through Towerrecords.com or CDbaby.com. For more information, interested persons can call At Hand Productions at 267-981-5461.