Thursday, January 28, 2010

Then and now

Considering all the silent film activity which takes place in and around the San Francisco Bay Area, it's not a stretch to consider this special place one of the leading centers for an equally special art form.

Historically speaking, the greater San Francisco Bay Area played a notable and well documented role in the production of films during the silent era. (Check out Geoffrey Bell's pioneering 1984 book, The Golden Gate and the Silver Screen.) The tradition continues. These days, there are numerous screenings, film series, and film festivals devoted to early film throughout the region. And on top of that, the Bay Area is home to numerous film historians, archivists and authors who focus their work on the silent era.

Need some further convincing? Just take a look at February's schedule at the Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum in Fremont. Not only did the Museum celebrate the fifth anniversary of it's regular weekly screenings last week, but next month they continue doing what they do so well with yet more interesting programs. And, on February 12-14, they will be hosting their “Midwinter Comedy Film Festival.” A complete line-up of films and ticket information about that event can be found at

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  1. Also, check out this article on next month's schedule in Niles at