Monday, February 21, 2011

More Images from the Winter Event

Here are some more images from last weekend's San Francisco Silent Film Festival Winter Event at the Castro Theater. Each of the following images were taken by Christy Pascoe. Enjoy!

Inside the Castro
Young Chaplin Fan
A Popular Booksigning
Longtime supporters
Books Inc
Niles Essanay Silent
Film Museum
Authors Karie Bible &
Thomas Gladysz
On the Mezzanine
Winter Event Party
Winter Event Party

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Images from the SF Silent Film Festival Winter Event

Here are some images from last weekend's San Francisco Silent Film Festival Winter Event at the Castro Theater. If you missed it, you missed a film and fun filled day. All of the following images were taken by Bryan Boyce. More to follow.

Castro Marquee
Castro Marquee
Castro Crowd
Winter Event Party
Winter Event Party
Winter Event Party
Donald Sosin
Dennis James
Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Gosfilmofond list if American silent films

Over on the Looking for Mabel website, Marilyn Slater has posted a list of 235 silent American films (as compiled by Roger Karsten) which Gosfilmofond in Russia is thought to possess in 35mm. 

Just recently, as was widely reported, Gosfilmofond gave digital copies of ten of these films to the Library of Congress.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Eadweard Muybridge, father of cinema, subject of exhibit

Eadweard Muybridge, the famed photographer of motion studies and an individual considered the "father of cinema," is the subject of a upcoming exhibit at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (February 26 through June 7). The exhibit, "Helios: Eadweard Muybridge in a Time of Change," is also the subject of an article in today's San Francisco Chronicle.

Best known for his revolutionary studies of human and animal locomotion, which evolved into some of the earliest motion pictures, Muybridge (1830-1904) was also an accomplished landscape photographer, a pioneering documentarian, and a restlessly inventive entrepreneur. 

This upcoming retrospective is the first to examine the full scope of Muybridge's vision, as well as his pivotal role in the creative transformation of 19th-century culture. The British-born Muybridge began his artistic career in the 1860s in California — then as now a fertile ground for innovation — and his images vividly capture a rapidly changing West. Bringing together hundreds of photographs and other objects made between 1858 and 1893, the exhibition offers a panoramic view of Muybridge's work within the landscape of his times.


Eadweard Muybridge, Jumping over boy's back (leap frog). Plate 169, 1887;
collotype on paper; Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
image courtesy of SFMOMA

Among the contributors to the accompanying exhibition catalog is Rebeca Solnit. The acclaimed San Francisco writer has also authored an earlier book on the photographer, River of Shadows: Eadweard Muybridge and the Technological Wild West, as well as being a contributor to Left in the Dark: Portraits of San Francisco Movie Theaters.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Custom Silent Film Festival posters at Winter Event!

Custom-made Silent Film Festival posters by David O'Daniel will be available at the February 12th Winter Event! The artist David O'Daniel of Alien Corset has hand-printed gorgeous new posters to commemorate the films. The posters for the summer festival sold out quickly - so hurry to get your tickets or passes so you can see the films and acquire one of these limited-edition prints.



The Silent Film Festival's 6th Annual Winter Event takes place Saturday, February 12 at the Castro Theatre (429 Castro Street, SF). Three wonderful programs will grace the Castro's big screen with extraordinary musical accompaniment. Pianist Donald Sosin will accompany "It's Mutual: Charlie Chaplin Shorts" (The Pawn Shop, The Rink, The Adventurer). Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra will play for the West Coast Premiere of Marcel L'Herbier's restored L'Argent. Mont Alto's main theme for L'Argent, the "Herod Overture," was composed by Henry Hadley - San Francisco Symphony's first conductor! King Vidor's La Bohème will be accompanied by Dennis James, Master of the Mighty Wurlitzer. For complete program information, visit silentfilm.org

Thursday, February 10, 2011

In the news

The upcoming San Francisco Silent Film Festival Winter Event is in the news. In today's San Francisco Chronicle, columnist Leah Garchik noted, "At the Mostly British Film Festival, Judy Wyler Sheldon, founder of the San Francisco Silent Film Festival - and daughter of director William Wyler - talked about the recent Noir City 9 festival. Stranger on the Third Floor was the opener, starring Margaret Tallichet, Sheldon's mother. 'I've been called upon so many times to talk about my father. It was great to talk about my mother from the stage of the Castro.' Her Silent Film Festival's Winter Event is there on Saturday."

A scene from Marcel L’Herbier’s L'Argent

Speaking of the Saturday, February 12th event, local film critic Michael Fox wrote a thoughtful analysis of the upcoming event. It's well worth reading. Check out "Silent Film Festival Is in the Money" on sf360.org.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Last minute updates, Winter Event

The 2011 San Francisco Silent Film Festival winter event on February 12 is less than one week away! We're excited, and tickets are selling briskly. If you haven't already purchased your tickets for the entire day, or for one or two programs, you can still do so at http://www.silentfilm.org/event-home.php

We are also excited that three authors will be on hand to sign books at the Winter Event. These book signings are now set to take place after "It’s Mutual: Charlie Chaplin Shorts" and before L’Argent. Start time for the signings is approximately 2:15 pm, or at the conclusion of the Chaplin program. Admission to the book signings is by Festival ticket.

The authors signing books are Karie Bible, co-author of Location Filming in Los Angeles (Arcadia),Thomas Gladysz, editor of the "Louise Brooks edition" of The Diary of a Lost Girl (PandorasBox Press), and Julie Lindow, editor and co-author of Left in the Dark: Portraits of San Francisco Movie Theatres (Charta). Julie has informed us that Left in the Dark contributor Elisabeth Houseman will also be on hand to sign books, as may Katherine Petrin. 

The Silent Film Festival's 6th Annual Winter Event takes place Saturday, February 12 at the Castro Theatre (429 Castro Street, SF). Three programs will grace the Castro's BIG screen - each with extraordinary musical accompaniment. 


Pianist Donald Sosin will accompany "It's Mutual: Charlie Chaplin Shorts" (The Pawn Shop, The Rink, The Adventurer). Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra will play for the West Coast Premiere of the Marcel L'Herbier's restored L'Argent. And King Vidor's La Bohème will be accompanied by Dennis James, the Master of the Mighty Wurlitzer. 

For complete program information, visit www.silentfilm.org

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Buy a book and get 10% off your Winter Event pass!

From now until February 11, you can buy an all-day Festival Pass to the San Francisco Silent Film Festival Winter Event at Books Inc. in the Castro (2275 Market Street in S.F., 415-864-6777) and receive 10% off the cost of the pass when you purchase a book at this fine independent bookstore! 

Books Inc has a great selection of books on every topic, including film.

The Silent Film Festival's 6th Annual Winter Event takes place Saturday, February 12 at the Castro Theatre (429 Castro Street, SF). Three wonderful programs will grace the Castro's big screen with extraordinary musical accompaniment. Pianist Donald Sosin will accompany It's Mutual: Charlie Chaplin Shorts (The Pawn Shop, The Rink, The Adventurer). Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra will play for the West Coast Premiere of the Marcel L'Herbier's restored L'Argent. Mont Alto's main theme for L'Argent, the "Herod Overture," was composed by Henry Hadley - the San Francisco Symphony's first conductor! King Vidor's La Bohème will be accompanied by Dennis James, Master of the Mighty Wurlitzer. For complete program information, visit www.silentfilm.org

This special discount is available until February 11 and only at Books Inc. in the Castro! Don't delay!