The Nevada City Film Festival presents The Adventures of Prince Achmed with an Original Score Performed by Gyan Riley
Gyan Riley’s original live score to one of the most iconic and visually enchanting films of all time –
The Adventures of Prince Achmed – Friday, October 6, at the historic Nevada Theatre.
as the first full-length animated film. Taken from the tales known as the Arabian Nights, the film
tells the story of a young prince tricked by a wicked sorcerer into mounting a magical, flying
horse for a direct course to his own demise. Soaring headlong into a series of wondrous
adventures, and joining forces with the likes of Aladdin and a fabled witch, the prince evades
his fate by saving a beautiful princess and battling with the sorcerer’s army of monsters.
pioneered the technique of silhouette animation – using intricate cut-out shadow puppets shot
frame-by-frame against thin sheets of lead – a method she used to create over 40 fairy-tale
films. This cinematic treasure has been beautifully restored with color tinting.
American music machine, amicably ranging across the fields of jazz, world music, and post-
minimalism.” He is currently engaged as the 2023 composer in residence at the Lou
Harrison House in Joshua Tree.
golden age, and screened at the oldest, continuously operated theater on the West Coast of the
The US is not lost on Riley, who says these are why he accepted the invite.
sure I’ve ever played there…what an honor!”