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Hollywood Comes To South Carolina: 106 Years of Filmmaking in the Palmetto State

This is the new title for Frank Thompson's exciting exhibit that will open at the South Carolina State Museum in Columbia on Saturday, January 12, 2008. Look for live media coverage, the red carpet, moving search lights, and all the ballyhoo that is associated with the opening of a major premiere event. Author and film historian Frank Thompson is serving as curator for this exhibit. He and Michael Fey, Director of Exhibits at the South Carolina State Museum, have generously shared information on this extraordinary event with us. The preliminary plans we've seen indicate that there will be something for everyone to enjoy. The size and scope of the exhibit are impressive and are part of the reason the exhibit is expected to run through early October, 2008. Stay tuned for further developments. We encourage our visitors to mark their calendars now and plan on attending the opening night activities on January 12, 2008.

Anne Dawson Shares Silent and Classic Film Events
for the Mid-Atlantic Region

October 16, 2007
We are very pleased that Anne Dawson is sending us schedule information for events that will be of interest to our visitors. Anne is a volunteer for the Slapsticon Film Festival and the International Buster Keaton Society.

Mid-Atlantic Fall 2007

Following is a list of upcoming “silent/classic” events in the Mid-Atlantic region, going down the East Coast! Check these websites each month for new shows! See film and actor details on the Internet Movie Database, www.imdb.com


Fri., Oct. 19, ‘07 - 7pm MELIES (BAM)
Several rare films by 1890s French magician and pioneering filmmaker Georges Melies. (Melies was one of the first filmmakers to start using film to tell stories. Many of his films were melted down and remains donated to the French military during WWI.) At the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Peter Jay Sharp Bldg, 30 Lafayette Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11217. Tel. 718-636-4100. (www.bam.org). Call for ticket price.

Sat. 20, ‘07 - 2pm - PETRIC ON SILENT FILM (MoMA)
Founder of the Harvard Film Archive Vlada Petric’s instructional film presents exerpts from classics to illustrate basic formal concepts central to silent film, 1895 - 1929. 180 min. At the Museum of Modern Art (www.moma.org), 11 W. 53rd St, NY, NY. Tel. 212-708-9400. Tickets $10. (Repeats on Fri., Oct 26 at 6:30pm)

Thurs., Nov. 8, ‘07 - 6:15pm - LUBITSCH (MoMA)
Silent filmmaker Ernest Lubitsch in Berlin - from Schoenhauser Allee to Hollywood (2006, 110 min). At the Museum of Modern Art (www.moma.org ) Tickets $10 (repeats on Sat., Nov. 10 at 8pm).

Sat., Nov. 17, ‘07 - 11:30am - W.C. FIELDS & MAE WEST (Suffern, NY)
My Little Chickadee (1940, 83min) w/ Wurlitzer accompaniment by Jeff Barker (11am - pre-movie Wurlitzer concert) at the Lafayette Theatre, 97 Lafayette Avenue, Suffern, NY. Tel. 845-369-8234. Tickets $6. Website: www.bigscreenclassics.com.


Wedn., Oct. 17, ‘07 - 7pm - W.C. FIELDS (Fort Lee)
W.C. Fields’ Six of A Kind (1934) w/ introduction by Jim Beckerman. Part of a series on Forbidden Hollywood 2: The Films That Done the Hays Code Wrong. At the Fort Lee Film Commission theatre, call office for ticket price and directions - tel. 201-592-3663, website www.fortleefilm.org. (This is across the river from NYC).


Sat., Oct 20, ‘07 - 2pm - DAN KAMIN & THE HAUNTED ORCHESTRA
Chaplin/Keaton-inspired physical comedian Dan Kamin incorporates his physical comedy with a performance by the Delaware Symphony musicians (www.desymphony.org). Kamin taught Johnny Depp the physical comedy sequences (which he also wrote) for Benny and Joon, and same with Robert Downey, Jr. for Chaplin and now has his own traveling comedy show. “Required viewing for silent fans!” At the Grant Opera House, 818 N. Market St., Wilmington, DE. Tel. 800-374-7263. Tickets $20 / kids $10. Website www.dankamin.com.


Sun., Oct 14, ‘07 at 2pm - AL JOLSON IN LEWISBURG, PA
Al Jolson’s The Jazz Singer (1929) at the Campus Theatre, 413 Market St., Lewisburg, PA. Tel. (570) 524-9628. Tickets $1.00 (original 1927 matinee price!) Website: www.campustheatre.org.
Presented to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the “first feature-length talkie”. Preceded by a brief discussion of the film’s significance with Susquehanna University professor Laurence Roth and Rick Benjamin, director of the Paragon Ragtime Orchestra (www.paragonragtime.com).

Fri., Oct. 26, ‘07 - 8pm - NOSERATU (LEWISBURG)
Nosferatu (1922, 80 min) plus a short contemporary comedy of Nosferatu by Greg Brooker. Music accompaniment by the faculty and students of Susquehanna University’s Dept of Music, together with composer Patrick Long. Campus Theatre, Lewisburg, PA (see above info). Tickets $10.

Sat., Nov. 10, ‘07 - 7pm - KEATON (WEST CHESTER)
Films by Buster Keaton & other Clowns at the Chester County Historical Society’s Cultural Center, 225 N. High St., West Chester, PA 19380. Tel. 610-692-4800. Tickets $75 (never have seen tickets this high, even with an orchestra!) Presented by the West Chester Film Festival (Best of the Fest!). Website: www.westchesterbid.com. The films’ original scores to be played by the Salon Theatre Orchestra.

Silent films to be screened plus a tribute to actress Wilna Hervey. Watch website for schedule. Live music accompaniment by Don Kinnier and sound effects by Judy Townsend.
At the Science Center Theatre, campus of the Montgomery County Community College, Blue Bell, PA.
Tel. 215-641-6518. Website: www.faculty.mc3.edu/jeckhard/betzwood.htm.
Professor Joseph Eckhardt, Dir., maintains the Archive of 29 of the 100 silent films made by the Betzwood Film Studios from 1912 to 1923. Watch website for screening events.

To find more silent film events with musician Don Kinnier, google for “Don Kinnier, music”.


Shepherdstown Film Society
See the classic film schedule of the Shepherdstown Film Society, Shepherdstown, WV - www.shepherdstownfilmsociety.org.


Fri., Oct., 26, ‘07 at 8pm - PHANTOM (FREDERICK)
Lon Chaney and Mary Philbin in The Phantom of The Opera (1925, 93 min.) + a selected short, at the Weinberg Center, 20 W. Patrick St., Frederick, MD (intersection of Patrick and Market Streets) with Wurlitzer accompaniment by Ray Brubacher. Website: www.weinbergcenter.org
Street parking is available; also, a garage is next to the theatre - on W. Patrick, drive past the theatre to the next cross street of S. Court Street. Turn left onto S. Court, and left again into the garage entrance. Fee after 6pm is $1 cash for the evening, pay upon exit. (Check mapquest.com or bring a map with you - there are a lot of one-way streets in Frederick!) (Tickets TBA but are usually $6 / $4 for kids.)

Fri., Oct 26, ‘07 - 7pm & 9:30pm - HALLOWEEN FILMS (SILVER SPRING)
Nosferatu, Eine Symphonie des Grauens (Symphony of Horror) (1922, 84 min.) with live music by the Silent Orchestra’s Carlos Garza & Rich O’Meara at the AFI/Silver Theatre, 8633 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring, MD. 20910. Tel. (301) 495-6700. Tickets $20 / $15 AFI mbrs / $5 kids.
Also being screened over the weekend: The Wickerman (1973, 88 min) & Texas Chainsaw Massacre.
See website for schedule www.AFI.com/silver. Free garage parking weekends and weeknights at the Wayne Street Garage, entrance on back of the Silver’s block.

Fri., Nov. 2, ‘07 at 8pm - MARX BROS (FREDERICK)
A Night at the Opera (1935) + A Day at the Races (1937), Weinberg Center in Frederick, MD.
(See Oct 26 info above). Buster’s and other classic films are being scheduled for 2008 - see their website!


Films on the Hill (at the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop), 545 7th St., SE, upper level, Washington, DC. Tel. 202-547-6839. Website: www.filmsonthehill.com.
Parking is difficult; use Metro’s Orange or Blue line to the Eastern Market exit, walk 2 blocks down 7th St to 7th & G St, to the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop. Tickets: $5.
Wedn., Oct. 17, ‘07 - 7pm (doors open at 6:30pm)
The Enchanted Cottage (1924, 75 min) preceded by Mighty Like A Moose (1926, 20 min) w/ Charlie Chase and Vivian Oakland.
Wedn., Oct. 24, ‘07 - 7pm - LAUREL & HARDY
Pardon Us (1931, 55 min) w/ Laurel and Hardy, preceded by Laurel & Hardy’s The Hoose-Gow (1929, 20 min); also a surprise “two-reeler” (20 min.).
Sat., Oct. 27, ‘07 - 7pm - MAD DOCTOR DOUBLE FEATURE
Behind the Mask (1932, 68 min) w/ Edw Van Sloan, Jack Holt, and Boris Karloff.
Also Island of Lost Soult (1933, 67 min) w/ Charles Laughton, Richard Arlen, Bela Lugosi, Kathleen Burke.
Wedn., Oct. 31, ‘07 - 7pm - HALLOWEEN SHOW
The Human Monster (1940, 75 min) w/ Bela Lugosi, Greta Gynt, Hugh Williams, Wilfred Walter; preceded by short film TBA.

Wedn., Oct. 31, ‘07 - 6pm (Halloween) - PHANTOM (THE KENNEDY CENTER)
Lon Chaney and Mary Philbin in The Phantom of The Opera (1925, 93 min.) Theatre organ accompaniment by Ray Brubacher. In the Concert Hall of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (a Millenium Stage event). Rock Creek Parkway at New Hampshire Ave., NW, Washington, DC. Website is www.kennedycenter.org or call 800-444-1324. FREE ADMISSION.
Parking under the Kennedy Center is $15 per performance; less expensive alternative - Metro (Blue or Orange line) to Foggy Bottom Station (at 23rd & L St., NW) and take a free, red Kennedy Center shuttle bus to the Kennedy Center (5 min ride).

“Halloween”-themed silents are usually scheduled in October at other theatres, as well - check theatre websites for October schedule! And don’t forget Charlie Brown on TV!

National Gallery of Art, East Wing, Auditorium (Basement) & Constitution Ave, NW, Washington, DC.
Website www.nga.gov. Parking is difficult; use Metro’s Blue line (Smithsonian station); or Yellow line (L’Enfant Plaza or Navy Memorial/Archive stations). Free admission.
Sun., Nov. 11 - 4pm - Way Down East (1920, 145 min) - dir. by W. D. Griffith w/ Lillian Gish.
Music accompaniment by Andrew Simpson.
Sat., Nov. 17 - 2pm - The Merry Widow (1925, 137 min) - dir. by Eric von Stroheim w/ John Gilbert and Mae Murray. Accompaniment by Andrew Simpson.
Sat., Nov. 24 - 1pm - Show People (1928, 82 min) - King Vidor’s spoof of Hollywood. Presented with the publication of Peter Kobel’s new book, “Silent Movies: The Birth of Film and the Triumph of Movie Culture.” A history silent movies with a “spectacular compilation” of 400+ stills, promotional materials and posters (1893 - 1927) from the Library of Congress. Amazon, $29.70.
Sat., Nov. 24 - 3:30pm - Evangeline (with Longfellow Poetry reading) (1929, 86 min.) Film w/ accompaniment by Donald Sosin. Readings w/ music accompaniment and voice. On Longfellow’s bicentennial, descendant Layne Longfellow will read poetry. Oldest direct descendant, Ann Hutchinson Guest, will also attend. Free admission.

812 7th St., NW, Washington, DC 20001; tel. 202-289-1200.
Website: http://www.goethe.de/ins/us/was/kue/flm/en2464982.htm
Wedn., Nov. 7, ‘07 at 6:30pm - Der Golem and How He Came Into the World (1921, 85 min);
Mon., Nov. 19, ‘07 at 6:30pm - Tartuffe
Mon., Nov. 26, ‘07 at 6:30pm - Asphalt
Call office for ticket prices.

1250 New York Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20005. Tel. 202-783-5000 or 1-800-222-7270
Website www.nmwa.org
Tues, Nov. 13- 7pm - 9pm - Clara Bow Night
Capital Punishment (1925, recently restored); and
Helen’s Babies (1924) w/ Baby Peggy and Edward Everett Horton.
Introduction by the Library of Congress’ Christel Schmidt. Program in conjunction with publication of Peter Kobel’s book, Silent Movies: The Birth of Film and the Triumph of Movie Culture (2007)
Tickets $5 / mbrs, seniors & students $4. Website: http://nmwa.org/calendar/detail.asp?eventid=666
Reservations required - call 202-783-7370 or email reservations@nmwa.org.


Wedn., Oct 3 - Fri., Nov. 2, ‘07 - 1pm & 3pm - AFRO AMERICAN FILM (CHARLOTTESVILLE)
1920s Afro-American filmmaker Oscar Michaux’s Within Our Gates (1920, 79 min) will be screened at the University of Virginia Art Museum’s media gallery, Thomas Bagly Bldg, 155 Rugby Road, P. O. Box 400119, Charlottesville, VA 22904. Tel. 434-924-3592. Website http://www.virginia.edu/artmuseum/

Tues., Oct. 30, ‘07 - 5:30pm - PANEL DISCUSSION (CHARLOTTESVILLE)
“Cinematic Representations” as part of the Museum’s program on “Forming American Identities: Our Southern Legacy”. Panel includes Carmenita Higginbotham (UVA Dept of Art) and Jane Gaines (prof of English, Duke Univ). See Museum information (above). Website http://www.virginia.edu/artmuseum/

Sun., Oct. 7, ‘07 - 3pm - KEATON (ROANOKE)
Keaton’s The General (1927, approx 1 hr) w/ live accompaniment by Matt Marshall at the Grandin Theatre, 1310 Grandin Road, Roanoke, VA 24015. Tel. (540) 345-6377. Tickets $10. Mgr: Jason Garnett. Website: www.grandintheatre.com. Part of Roanoke’s First Annual Arts Festival, in which city venues will present various art exhibitions and performances by Judy Collins and Little Feat. Website: www.roanokeartsfest.org .

Sat., Nov. 3, ‘07 - 1pm - PETER PAN (CHARLOTTESVILLE)
Peter Pan (1924, 105 min.) the first film of the children’s story! Staring Betty Bronson as Peter Pan and Ernest
(“Steamboat Bill”) Torrence as CAPT Hook. Live music accompaniment by Stewart Stern, Donald Sosin, Joanna Seaton, Paul Reisler, Terri Allard, and the Charlottesville Children’s Chorus at the Paramount Theatre, 215 E. Main St., Charlottesville, VA 22902. Tel. 434-979-1333. Tickets $ Website www.theparamount.net. Part of the 2007/20th Annual Virginia Film Festival. Website www.vafilm.com.

Sun., Nov. 4, ‘07 - 1pm - CHARLIE CHAPLIN (SCOTTSVILLE)
Charlie Chaplin’s The Kid (1921, 68 min) w/ Edna Purviance and Jackie Coogan as The Kid, with live music accompaniment by Matt Marshall at the 1920s Scottsville Victory Theatre, 401 Valley Street, Scottsville, VA 24590 (20 min south of Charlottesville). Free admission but donations accepted. Part of the Virginia Film Festival, called “Expanded Festival”.

To find more silent film events with musician Matt Marshall, google for “Matt Marshall, music”.

The Williamsburg Classic Film Guild presents their 2008 Williamsburg Film Festival, Mar. 5 - 8, with guest film and television stars! Registration $20 daily / $55 3 days / $75 family / $25 dinner show. Festival hotel: Holiday Inn - Patriot (Williamsburg, VA), 1-800-446-6001. Festival rate $65.00 single/double. Activities begin at 2pm Wednesday., stars arrive on Thursday. Website: www.williamsburgfilmfestival.org.

Library of Congress’ National Audio-Visual Conservation Center in Culpeper, VA!
Just completed - construction now completed. Formal opening to be announced. The Library of Congress counts some 100,000 sound recordings per year, and about 30,000 feature films, and does 75% of the current film restoration being done today. This preservation center, built into Mount Pony, will include a theatre that screens films for the public, two or three nights a week, free admission! (Website under construction.). Article by Richard von Busack on this website: http://www.metroactive.com/metro/09.05.07/film-restoration-0736.html.

Rappahannock Association for the Arts and the Community (RAAC)
See the classic film schedule hosted by RAAC’s Film Committee in Washington, VA: www.raac.org.


Mon., Oct. 29 ‘07 - KEATON (CHARLOTTE)
7pm - Lecture by National Public Radio’s Bob Mondello on The General and the history of “Southern films”;
8pm - The General (1927); at ImaginOn’s Wachovia Theatre, 300 S. Seventh Street., Charlotte, NC 28202. Tel. (704) 973-2780, website, www.imaginon.org. Tickets TBA. Live music accompaniment by Ethan Uslan. Presented by the Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County for “Southern Flavor: Five Films About the South”, in collaboration with the Levine Museum of the New South’s exhibit, “Comic-Stripped: A Revealing Look at Southern Stereotypes in Cartoons.”

Sat., Oct. 20, ‘07 - Ethan Uslan is featured on National Public Radio’s Prairie Home Companion radio show. Check with your local NPR station, and this website http://prairiehome.publicradio.org/programs/.

Century Center Cinema (CARRBORO)
Sat., Oct 20 - Fellini’s La Dolce Vita, presented at the Carrboro Century Center, 1005 N. Greenboro Dr., Carrboro, NC. Tel. (919) 883-7472, Tickets $4 (includes free popcorn and sodas!), website: www.centurycentercinema.com. Watch this website for future classics!
Presented by host Nic Beery of Beery Media (website www.beerymedia.com ) and the Carrboro Parks and Recreation Dept. (Website www.townofcarrboro.com/rp/cc.htm )

Mr. Beery presented Keaton’s The General with live music by Erich Lieth on Sep. 22. A local member of the International Buster Keaton Society was able to attend and afterward had a conversation with Nic and Lieth.
Hear a recap of the show! Nic posted a “Recap” of the show on his website, www.centurycentercinema.com. On this website, click on “NicKast” to hear an interview with Nic, musician Erich Lieth and the International Buster Keaton Society member.

Wayne Powers
Media businessman Wayne Powers (www.waynepowers.com ) is a great fan of silent film star Harry Langdon, and has been contributing to the restoration project of Langdon’s films, which will be released on a 4-disc DVD set by All Day Entertainment this December 2008 - see www.alldayentertainment.com and click on “News”.


Lon Chaney and Mary Philbin in Phantom of the Opera (1925, 93 min) with music accompaniment by Brian Bogdanowitz at the Asbury Memorial United Methodist Church, 1005 Asbury Drive, Columbia, SC 29209. Tel 803-776-7237. Website: www.asburycolumbia.org. Tickets: call church office.

Sun., Nov. 4, ‘07 - (time TBA) - DENNIS JAMES (COLUMBIA)
Internationally reknown organist Dennis James plays to Cecil B. DeMille’s The Godless Girl (1929, 113 min) at the University of South Carolina. Sponsored by the Film Studies Dept. Tickets TBA. Tel. 803-777-2339. Website www.cas.sc.edu/film/events.html. . Watch the website for more information!

South Carolina Movie Theatres
Ever see movies at an historic South Carolina movie theatre? Want to read about South Carolina’s historic movie theatres? See John Coles’ and Mark Tiedje’s website, www.scmovietheatres.com to read about their project and histories collected to date!

Commentary on the 2007 Slapsticon
Sent in by Rob Farr & Richard Roberts: A blogger who enjoyed the 2007 Slapsticon wrote 9 pages of excellent commentary entitled “Silenced Laugher” on

All Day Entertainment’s release of 4-disc DVD set of restored Harry Langdon comedy films (1924 - 1944), w/ music by Ben Model, Andrew Simpson, Maurice Saylor, Ben Redwine, Franklin Stover, & more; plus commentary by Richard Roberts, Ben Model, Bruce Lawton, Steve Massa, Robert Arkus, and more! Www.alldayentertainment.com.

The 2008 Silent Movie Calendar - with notation of silent stars’ births, marriages, deaths, & major events. proceeds go to restoration of silent film. Coordinated by the Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra’s Rodney Sauer.Watch www.mont-alto.com .

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