Monday, July 12, 2010

Amazing tales twice told

Is time running out for silent film? Let's hope not. This year, the Silent Film festival will present not one but two programs on film preservation. Each is FREE and open to the public. And each should prove compelling.

On Friday, July 16th at 11:30 am, the Festival will present "Amazing Tales from the Archives: Lost & Found Films." This 60 minute program on lost films from the silent era will include presentations by Joe Lindner of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and Paula Félix-Didier and Fernando Peña of Museo del Cine, Buenos Aires (the archivists responsible for finding the lost Metropolis footage). The talented Donald Sosin will accompany the program on the piano.

Afterword, Diana Serra Cary, one of the last surviving silent film stars, will be signing copies of her autobiography, Whatever Happened to Baby Peggy?

 And on  Sunday, July 18th at 10:00 am, the Festival will present "Amazing Tales from the Archives: First the Bad News...then the Good!" Using film clips and slides, Mike Mashon (Library of Congress) will present the fascinating and devastating reality of American silent film survival rates. Annette Melville (National Film Preservation Foundation) will follow as she discusses a way to bring back some of this history via a major international repatriation project. This 60 minute program will be accompanied by Stephen Horne on the piano.

Following this program, four authors and archivists involving with preserving our film history will be signing copies of their books and DVDs. They are Bay Area film historian David Kiehn of the Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum with Broncho Billy and the Essanay Film Company, Gregory Paul Williams, author of The Story of Hollywood: An Illustrated History, Elaine Mae Woo will be signing copies of her limited edition DVD documentary, Anna May Wong, Frosted Yellow Willows: Her Life, Times and Legend, and film preservationist David Shepard, together with Flicker Alley's Jeffrey Masino (just added!) signing copies of their just released DVD, Chicago.

This two FREE programs are a great way to learn more about what's going on in the world of silent film. And we guarantee you'll see things you've never seen before. Information on purchasing tickets to this year's event can be found at


  1. I'm totally jealous. Wish I could get there.

  2. As they said in one of the old episodes of the original Star Trek, "Come to the Festival"