Live On-Line Events

Lock-down may be preventing us from getting out to see silent film events ‘in the flesh’.  But don’t forget that there are still opportunities to see films at live On-Line screenings.  Forthcoming events include;

 

Sunday 12 July

Episode 17 of the Silent Comedy Watch Party, live from New York and hosted by accompanist Ben Model and silent film historian Steve Massa.  The usual format will be three silent comedies introduced by Steve and with Ben doing live piano accompaniment from his Upper West Side apartment.  This week’s screenings include Oranges And Lemons (1923) – starring Stan Laurel, with Katherine Grant, Eddie Baker, George Rowe, Martin Wolfkeil, Owen Evans, Sammy Brooks and Fay Wray ;  The Bathtub Bandit (1917) – starring Ham & Bud (Lloyd Hamilton & Bud Duncan), with Robert N. Bradbury, Juanita Sponsler, John Steppling; and,  The Rink (1916) – starring Charlie Chaplin, with Edna Purviance, Eric Campbell, James T. Kelly, Henry Bergman, Frank J. Coleman, Albert Austin, John Rand, Charlotte Mineau, Leota Bryan and Lloyd Bacon.   The event streams at 20:00 UK time on You Tube. Further details here.       (NB  This event will be available to watch live but will also remain available on You Tube to watch later.)

Wednesday 15 July

The Cinema Arts Centre in Huntington NY will be screening The Kid (Dir. Charles Chaplin, US, 1921) Chaplin’s first full-length feature about a little tramp who discovers a small orphan and brings him up but is left desolate when the orphanage reclaims him. Beneath the comedy, there are definitely some more serious thematic elements at work and and the film is noted for its pathos. In that regard, the opening inter-title proves to be true: “A picture with a smile — and perhaps, a tear.”Chaplin directed, produced and starred in the film.  Find out more at wikipedia.org .  With live on-line piano accompaniment from Ben Model.  The event is free (or Pay-What-You-Can) and streams at 7pm EST (Midnight UK time) but you need to register to take part.  More details here

Sunday 19 July

Episode 18 of the Silent Comedy Watch Party, live from New York and hosted by accompanist Ben Model and silent film historian Steve Massa.  The usual format will be three silent comedies introduced by Steve and with Ben doing live piano accompaniment from his Upper West Side apartment.  No film details are yet available.   The event streams at 20:00 UK time on You Tube. Further details here.       (NB  This event will be available to watch live but will also remain available on You Tube to watch later.)

3 – 10 October

With the ‘actual’ Pordenone Silent Film Festival now sadly cancelled, we do at least have a ‘virtual’ festival to look forward to in October.  Over eight days there will be opportunities to watch silent film offerings from some of the world’s leading film archives including the Library of Congress in Washington D.C., Lobster Films in Paris, Det Danske Filminstitut in Copenhagen, the China Film Archive in Beijing, EYE Filmmuseum in Amsterdam, the National Film Archive of Japan in Tokyo, together with the Cineteca del Friuli, co-founder with Cinemazero of the Pordenone Silent Film Festival.  Details of screenings should begin to be released in September.  Find out more information here