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C of I musicians perform at Idaho Horror Film Festival

A talented quartet of College of Idaho musicians will perform Friday inside Boise’s historic Egyptian Theatre as part of the second annual Idaho Horror Film Festival.

Composer Sean Dahlman, a 2104 C of I graduate, has written an original score to the silent horror film The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. His eerie composition will be performed live during a screening of the film at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16, as one of the festival’s signature events. Dahlman and fellow alumnus Kyle True ’14 will perform along with current C of I students Ashton Jenicek and Tasha Sitz.

Arguably the first true horror film, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari set a brilliantly high bar for the genre—and the movie remains terrifying nearly a century after it first hit the screen. The silent classic has vivid, expressionistic imagery that brilliantly reflects the nightmarish emotional states of the characters. The story follows Francis, whose investigation of his friend's murder leads him to suspect that the killer was a zombie-like sleepwalker under the hypnotic control of the diabolical Dr. Caligari.

This marks the third time Dahlman has composed and performed original work in conjunction with a silent horror film in the Treasure Valley. He scored and performed Faust at the Egyptian Theatre as one of the headlining events of last year’s inaugural Idaho Horror Film Festival, and he also provided a soundtrack for Nosferatu at the Boise Art Museum in January 2014.

Click here for more information and a complete schedule of Idaho Horror Film Festival events. 

The Idaho Horror Film Festival is a non-profit international film exhibition whose mission is to shine a spotlight on Idaho’s emerging filmmakers. The genre of horror is the common thread that has stitched itself into the fabric of the filmmaking community.  Through the mediums of independent film, food, music, literature and art, the festival strives to expand the cultural experience within Boise’s vibrant community and to develop a supportive framework for Idaho’s emerging filmmakers with the mission of providing more access to resources and education for individuals wanting to explore the medium of film. By strengthening the film making community in Idaho, IHFF hopes to fan the flames of creativity and set Idaho’s film industry ablaze.

The College of Idaho has a 125-year-old legacy of excellence. The C of I is known for its outstanding academic programs, winning athletics tradition and history of producing successful graduates, including seven Rhodes Scholars, three governors, four NFL players and countless business leaders and innovators. Its distinctive PEAK Curriculum challenges students to attain competency in the four knowledge peaks of humanities, natural sciences, social sciences and a professional field—empowering them to earn a major and three minors in four years. The College’s close-knit, residential campus is located in Caldwell, where its proximity both to Boise and to the world-class outdoor activities of southwest Idaho’s mountains and rivers offers unique opportunities for learning beyond the classroom.  For more information, visit www.collegeofidaho.edu.