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2018 Kansas Silent Film Festival

PostMon Jan 22, 2018 1:43 pm

22nd annual Kansas Silent Film Festival
February 23 & 24, 2018

Women in Silent Film!

Free Admission!

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2018 Kansas Silent Film Festival

PostTue Jan 23, 2018 1:25 pm

http://www.kssilentfilmfest.org/kssff2018/program.html

All screenings are free and feature live accompaniment. There is a charge if you decide to attend the banquet.

Fri. Feb. 23, 2018, 7:00-10:00 p.m.
@ White Concert Hall, Washburn University
Overture and Opening Titles, music by xxx, xxx
Welcome and Intros by Denise Morrison, Film Historian

Hearts and Flowers
21 min.

(1919)
with Louise Fazenda
—Music by Jeff Rapsis on piano
Cinderella Cinders
18 min.

(1920)
with Alice Howell
—Music by Bill Beningfield, organ

The Detectress
21 min.

(1919)
with Gale Henry
—Music by Marvin Faulwell, organ, and Bob Keckeisen, percussion

Feature introduced by Denise Morrison, Film Historian
Why Be Good?
81 min.

(1929)
with Colleen Moore
—Music score by Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra

Sat. Feb. 24, 2018, 9:00 a.m.-Noon
@ White Concert Hall, Washburn University

Overture & Short Opening Titles by xxx
Welcome and Intros by Denise Morrison, Film Historian
Film Documentary
60 min.
A special presentation by KSFF

Matrimony's Speed Limit
14 min.

(1913)
directed & produced by Alice Guy-Blaché
—Music by Marvin Faulwell, organ, and Bob Keckeisen, percussion

Suspense
10 min.

(1913)
with Lois Weber
—Music by Bill Beningfield, organ

Back to God's Country
74 min.

(1919)
with Nell Shipman
—Music by Marvin Faulwell, organ, and Bob Keckeisen, percussion

Lunch Break (on your own), resuming at 1:30 p.m.

Sat. Feb. 24, 2018, 1:30-5:00 p.m.
@ White Concert Hall, Washburn University

Overture & Short Opening Titles by Marvin Faulwell
Welcome and Intros by Denise Morrison, Film Historian
Her Mother's Oath
11 min.

(1913)
with Dorothy Gish
—Music by Jeff Rapsis

A Woman in Grey
Chapter 2: "Dagger of Death"

11 min.

(1920)
with Arline Pretty
—Music by Marvin Faulwell, organ, and Bob Keckeisen, percussion

Filibus
69 min.

(1915)
with Christine Ruspoli
—Music by Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra

Intermission, 20 minutes, with book signing in the lobby by Cari Beauchamp
Short Overature by xxx
Intros by Denise Morrison, Film Historian

The Water Nymph
8 min.

(1912)
with Mabel Normand
—Music by Rodney Sauer, piano

Fox Trot Finesse
14 min.

(1915)
with Mr. Sidney Drew & Mrs. Lucile McVey Drew
—Music by Jeff Rapsis, piano

Camille
70 min.

(1921)
with Nazimova and Rudolph Valentino
—Music byJeff Rapsis, piano

Dinner

Special Dinner Event, Our Tenth Annual
CINEMA-DINNER,
Seating begins @ 5:15 p.m.
Dinner: 5:15-7:00 p.m.

Music by TBA

Cinema-Dinner will feature special guest Cari Beauchamp, author of "Without Lying Down: Francis Marion and the Power of Women in Hollywood and My First Time in Hollywood."

— This event is by reservation only. Dinner is $40. Contact us to reserve your space —

Sat. Feb. 24, 2018, 7:30-10:00 p.m.
@ White Concert Hall, Washburn University

Overture and Opening Titles by xxx
Welcome and Intros by Denise Morrison, Film Historian
Amarilly of Clothes Line Alley
67 min.

(1918)
with Mary Pickford, written by Frances Marion
—Music by Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra

The Last Man on Earth
70 min.

(1924)
with Earle Foxe, loosely based on Mary Shelley's 1826 novel The Last Man
—Film Print from the Museum of Modern Art
—Music by Marvin Faulwell, organ, and Bob Keckeisen, percussion
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Re: 2018 Kansas Silent Film Festival

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2018 Kansas Silent Film Festival spotlights ‘Women in Silent Film’

For its 22nd annual event, the Kansas Silent Film Festival will spotlight ‘Women in Silent Film', showcasing several shorts and features all of which will star, be directed by, produced by or written by a woman. On the last weekend in February, from Friday night through Saturday night, come rain or snow or shine, the festival will feature films from the silent era with live musical accompaniment, but showcasing women is a first! All films will be shown on a big screen like they were originally, and most are shown on film or DVD, if necessary.

The 2018 Kansas Silent Film Festival will continue to be staged at White Concert Hall on the Washburn University campus in Topeka on Friday night, February 23rd and all-day Saturday, February 24th. The event is free and open to the public.

Friday night kicks off with three different shorts featuring female stars as ‘Slapstick Divas’. First is Louise Fazenda in the 1919 Mack Sennett comedy, HEARTS AND FLOWERS co-starring Ford Sterling playing a cocky hotel orchestra leader who has his hands full when he flirts with one girl too many. New Hampshire pianist, Jeff Rapsis will provide the impressive music. CINDERELLA CINDERS highlights the work of Alice Howell, employed as a cook, who also masquerades as royalty at a high society bash. The background score for this chaotic comedy will be by organist Bill Beningfield. Finally, aspiring detective Gale Henry finds herself way over her head in a mysterious Chinese laundry in THE DETECTRESS, also a 1919 short. Organist Marvin Faulwell and percussionist Bob Keckeisen will provide the lively musical score. The feature for Friday night is WHY BE GOOD? starring one of 1929’s most famous stars, Colleen Moore with Neil Hamilton (more famous for playing Commissioner Gordon on the BATMAN TV-series later in his career). Moore plays Pert Kelly out to have a good time, but so much so that she gets a bit of a reputation. Since she’s in a relationship with the boss’s son at work, his dad thinks she’s not good enough so a little test is devised…will Pert pass inspection? The jazzy score for this feature will be performed live by the Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra.

Saturday morning begins with a special presentation at 9:00 am for early risers. This will be a documentary connected with this year’s theme. The official KSFF morning session starts at 10:00 am with MATRIMONY’S SPEED LIMIT, a 1913 short made in Fort Lee, New Jersey – the earliest film capitol. In front of and behind the camera is film pioneer, Alice Guy Blache who made over 400 films in her career, both in France and in the U. S. Live music will be supplied by organist Marvin Faulwell and percussionist Bob Keckeisen. SUSPENSE, a short film also from 1913, stars its writer/director, Lois Weber as a woman (with her infant child) who is threatened by an intruder while her husband rushes home in hot pursuit by the police. The exciting musical score will be delivered by Bill Beningfield at the organ. Saturday morning’s feature will be BACK TO GOD’S COUNTRY, a 1919 Canadian feature by writer, producer and star Nell Shipman as a woman confronted by her father’s killer in a remote arctic location where she must use her instincts to survive. A native of Canada, Shipman carved out a unique career in films outside of Hollywood that allowed her to play strong, adventurous women in films that she had a hand in creating. She continued making films into the 1940’s. This gripping movie will be accompanied by organist Marvin Faulwell and percussionist Bob Keckeisen.

After a lunch break, the Saturday KSFF schedule will resume with a D. W. Griffith short starring Dorothy Gish (sister of Lillian) in HER MOTHER’S OATH from 1913. Jeff Rapsis will supply the music. A look at ‘Serial Queens’ follows with a chapter from a 1920 serial adventure featuring a woman in peril – it’s Chapter 2 ‘The Dagger of Death’ from A WOMAN IN GREY. This fifteen-chapter serial played in theaters week to week and starred Arline Pretty as the adventurous lady. Live music will be provided by organist Marvin Faulwell.

Saturday afternoon’s first feature is 1915’s FILIBUS, an Italian serial film featuring a
woman leading a double life. She is a baroness to the world, but to the underworld, she is a criminal mastermind called Filibus and is aided in her crimes by a one-of-a-kind zeppelin. This interesting little film from Italy has a woman in the power position of villain—at a time in Italy when women had limited independence. This film shows a woman fully independent and capable of out-maneuvering her male opponents. The Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra adds a rousing live music score for this recently discovered gem.

The afternoon break will allow time for our special guest, author Cari Beauchamp to autograph copies of her books for attendees in the Lobby. Read more about Cari in our Cinema-Dinner description below.

After the break, the shorts will continue with THE WATER NYMPH, a 1912 Mack Sennett comedy featuring the radiant Mabel Normand in the lead. This film inaugurated a series of comedies featuring Mack Sennett’s Bathing Beauties. The Mont Alto Orchestra’s pianist and conductor, Rodney Sauer will provide the music. FOX TROT FINESSE, a 1915 domestic comedy short follows with stars Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Drew, a turn-of-the-century comedy couple who were very popular up until the death of Mr. Drew in 1919. Music will be supplied by Jeff Rapsis. The final Saturday afternoon feature will be MGM’s 1921 version of CAMILLE. You may know the story from the later, more famous MGM sound version with Garbo, but before her there was another star who was known just by one name—Nazimova. She was a Russian-born performer who recreated herself as Alla Nazimova and appeared in what would today be called art films. Her smoldering, young co-star is Rudolph Valentino.

Saturday’s traditional Cinema-Dinner will continue a 10-year tradition with a great meal and a guest speaker - Cari Beauchamp, author of WITHOUT LYING DOWN: FRANCIS MARION AND THE POWER OF WOMEN IN HOLLYWOOD and MY FIRST TIME IN HOLLYWOOD. She will address attendees with stories about the many creative women of early Hollywood.

Saturday’s evening double feature will conclude the event with AMARILLY OF CLOTHESLINE ALLEY, a grand Mary Pickford feature from 1918 featuring a script by Francis Marion and a rousing score by the Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra. The second feature, THE LAST MAN ON EARTH from 1926 is the rarest film being shown at the Festival and contains a unique story about a world ruled by women, who discover one man over 14 left alive on planet earth. Of course, it’s a comedy! Music will be provided by Marvin Faulwell and Bob Keckeisen.

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Re: 2018 Kansas Silent Film Festival

PostSat Feb 03, 2018 7:35 pm

Love the picture of Pauline Frederick with the camera!

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Re: 2018 Kansas Silent Film Festival

PostSun Feb 18, 2018 9:39 pm

http://www.cjonline.com/entertainmentlife/20180218/kansas-silent-film-festival-to-focus-its-22nd-annual-event-on-women-in-film

Kansas Silent Film Festival to focus its 22nd annual event on women in film

By Savanna Maue
Posted Feb 18, 2018 at 12:01 AM

For its 22nd year, the Kansas Silent Film Festival will feature a variety of films centered on a topic that has gained national attention in recent months: women in film.

“Fortunately, or unfortunately, it’s so topical right now, in terms of women’s equality and pay and the sexual harassment allegations and all this stuff,” said Denise Morrison, a board member and host for the festival weekend. “Women in film have kind of been in the public eye a little more, and we wanted to show that they’ve been there from the beginning.”

The festival will begin at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23, and run through 10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, at White Concert Hall on Washburn University’s campus. All films are free and open to the public.

Morrison said the idea was finalized after confirming the guest speaker, Cari Beauchamp, author of “Without Lying Down: Francis Marion And The Power Of Women In Hollywood” and “My First Time In Hollywood.”

Beauchamp will sign autographs Saturday afternoon and speak at the signature dinner Saturday night at the Bradbury Thompson Alumni Center. Dinner costs $40 and there is currently a waiting list. To get on the list, contact Bill Shaffer at (785) 633-2790.

The films’ release dates range from 1912 to 1929 and feature such actresses as Colleen Moore, Nell Shipman, Alice Howell, Dorothy Gish and Nazimova.

“I think there’s diversity, I think there’s going to be women the public has never heard of before, and whether they’re in front of the camera or behind the camera, so much of these women’s product, their films, are lost,” Morrison said. “Many performers or screenwriters or directors who were really popular in that time are virtually unknown now because there’s nothing to see of her work or what is available isn’t viewable to the public.”

Morrison said many of the titles were chosen after selecting the women the film festival wanted to feature. On Friday night, Morrison said, the lineup acts as an homage to Steve Massa’s book, “Slapstick Divas: The Women of Silent Comedy.”

Schedule of Events

7 to 10 p.m. Friday

— “Hearts and Flowers” (1919) with Louise Fazenda, music by Jeff Rapsis on piano

— “Cinderella Cinders” (1920) with Alice Howell, music by Bill Beningfield on organ

— “The Detectress” (1919) with Gale Henry, music by Marvin Faulwell, organ, and Bob Keckeisen, percussion

— “Why Be Good?” (1929) with Colleen Moore, music score by Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra

9 a.m. to noon Saturday

— Film documentary by KSFF

— “Matrimony’s Speed Limit” (1913) directed and produced by Alice Guy-Blaché, music by Faulwell and Keckeisen

— “Suspense” (1913) with Lois Weber, music by Beningfield

— “Back to God’s Country,” (1919) with Nell Shipman, music by Faulwell and Keckeisen

1:30 to 5 p.m. Saturday

— “Her Mother’s Oath” (1913) with Dorothy Gish, music by Rapsis

— ” A Woman in Grey” (1920) with Arline Pretty, music by Faulwell and Keckeisen

— “Filibus” (1915), with Christine Ruspoli, music by Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra

— Special guest author Cari Beauchamp to autograph copies of her books

— “The Water Nymph” (1912) with Mabel Normand, music by Rodney Sauer, piano

— “Fox Trot Finesse” (1915) with Sidney Drew and Lucile McVey Drew, music by Rapsis

— “Camille” (1921) with Nazimova and Rudolph Valentino, music by Rapsis

5:15 to 7 p.m. Saturday

Signature Cinema dinner with Cari Beauchamp, author of “Without Lying Down: Francis Marion And The Power Of Women In Hollywood” and “My First Time In Hollywood”

Price is $40; reservations required.

7:30 to 10 p.m. Saturday

— “Amarilly Of Clothesline Alley” (1918) with Mary Pickford, written by Frances Marion, music by Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra

— “The Last Man on Earth” (1926) with Earle Foxe, loosely based on Mary Shelley’s 1826 novel “The Last Man,” film print from the Museum of Modern Art, music by Faulwell and Keckeisen

“There were so many women that I had never heard of, and I can’t claim any total expertise, but I felt like I knew a lot of women in silent film, and these were women I knew nothing about,” she said.

Live scores for the films will be performed by musicians Jeff Rapsis, Bill Beningfield, Marvin Faulwell, Bob Keckeisen and the Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra, which also made suggestions for the festival.

“Filibus” is an Italian production from 1915 that the orchestra suggested. It stars Christine Ruspoli and Mario Mariani and is about a woman who leads a double life as a baroness and a criminal mastermind.

“It’s a great opportunity to talk about film — not just in America — film production throughout the world that had the same issues, the same performers, the same kinds of stuff, and it’s a really unique story line,” Morrison said.

For more information about the festival, visit http://www.kssilentfilmfest.org.

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