The 2010 San Francisco Silent Film Festival starts tomorrow! We're excited, and we hope you are too! A flurry of articles have appeared in the local media in the last few days, and tickets to every film and program are selling briskly. There are a few updates and changes to report - so here goes.
The restored version of Metropolis, which shows on Friday, July 16th at 8:15 pm, is now at Rush Only status. As of now, there are three ways to ensure a seat at the film:
1. Purchase a Festival Pass (limited number remaining).
2. Make a Patron-level donation and receive Gold Passes (include early entrance, Opening Night Party, and VIP lounge).
3. Make a Grand Patron donation and receive Platinum Passes (include Gold Pass privileges, plus reserved seating.) Additional information on ticket availability can be found here and here.
This year, like the Festival itself, the program of author signings is also celebrating its 15th go around the block. And over the years, a good number distinguished film historians, biographers, and authors have participated. This year's roster, despite the fact a couple of authors had to drop out at the last minute, remains the biggest yet.
Unfortunately, Sarah Baker, the author of Lucky Stars: Janet Gaynor and Charles Farrell (BearManor Media) had to cancel her book signing due to a last minute scheduling conflict, as did Jeffrey Vance, the author of Douglas Fairbanks (University of California Press). Both had hoped to make the Festival and were coming from out of town.
However, we were able to add two other guests, each of whom will be signing their books or DVDs. Film historian Joseph McBride, the author of Searching for John Ford: A Life and Frank Capra: The Catastrophe of Success among other titles, will be signing books PRIOR to Thursday night's opening film The Iron Horse. McBride will also introduce the 1924 film, which was directed by John Ford. McBride is also scheduled to sign books following the Saturday afternoon screening of the 1926 Frank Capra film, The Strong Man.
We've also added Jeffrey Masino, the head of Flicker Alley. Jeffrey has had a hand in the release of a growing number of silent film DVDs through his outstanding company. On Sunday morning, Jeffry will join world renown film preservationist and author David Shepard as they sign copies of their just released DVD of Chicago. As festival goers will remember, that 1927 film was the hit of the 2006 winter event. And their new DVD is loaded with great extras.
Also, in case you missed it, our previous blog revealed the line up of George Méliès' films which will be shown throughout the 2010 Festival.
Earlier in this blog, we mentioned some of the press which has started showing up regarding the Festival. Here is a quick run-down of only some of the many articles and blogs: the Berkeley Daily Planet ran a long article, "Silent Film Festival Celebrates Cinema’s First Golden Era," pointing out some of this year's many highlights.And so did its local online competition, Beyond Chron, which also ran article. Both the Bay Guardian and the SF Weekly also ran shorter pieces. The Bay Guardian piece, focusing on Norma Talmadge, was title "The Woman Remembered." The SF Weekly piece, titled "Robot Wars," took a different approach. Elsewhere, Wired News gave the Festival a mention, as did a recent piece in the Huffington Post on the German director G.W. Pabst. So too did the San Francisco Sentinel website. And that's just the tip of the iceberg.
More info about this year's event, including a complete program of films, can be found at the SFF website at http://www.silentfilm.org We hope to see you there!