The day started fresh and bright with SNOW WHITE and an introduction by the
wonderful Walt Disney historian J.B. Kaufman. Frank Buxton set the stage
for Buster Keaton, a man he was lucky enough to have known and worked with,
and the dynamic Donald Sosin provided music for THINK SLOW, ACT FAST:
BUSTER KEATON SHORTS. The house was packed for THE THIEF OF BAGDAD,
introduced by the pitch-perfect Douglas Fairbanks expert Jeffrey Vance,
with music by the always-excellent Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra. For
the evening show, Jeffrey Vance took to the stage and Donald Sosin took his
seat at the piano once more - again giving entertaining introduction and
lovely accompaniment to MY BEST GIRL. With the skilled showman Christian
Elliott at the bench, the Castro's Mighty Wurlitzer got its moment in the
sun for the late-night showing of FAUST. One day, five films - it couldn't
have been better!
And none of it would have happened without the engaging
brilliant musicians, superb staff
and volunteers, and you, our lovely audience.
Special thanks goes to our sound
crew, Gary Hobish and Ross Hopeman, whose skills make possible the
beautiful synthesis of silent film and music; to our event staff, who keep
everything running smoothly and on time; and to the volunteers, for their
invaluable time and energy.
PETER PAN and Live Vaudeville on Sunday, March 3 at the Balboa
Doors open at 6:45pm. Show starts at 7:00
Plus: Special Family Matinee at 4:00pm
The Balboa Theatre celebrates its 87th Birthday on Sunday, March 3. Presented
in association with the San Francisco Silent Film Festival and the San
Francisco Film Society, Balboa's Birthday Bash is a night at the movies circa
The 1924 silent fantasy PETER PAN will be the featured film. Adapted from the
play by J.M Barrie it stars Betty Bronson as Peter Pan, Ernest Torrence as
Captain Hook, Mary Brian as Wendy, and Virginia Browne Faire as Tinker Bell.
Anna May Wong, played the Indian princess Tiger Lily. The feature was directed
by Herbert Brenon with cinematography by James Wong Howe and features stunning
special effects. It will be accompanied with an original score by pianist
extraordinaire Frederick Hodges and preceded by a program of short subjects.
There will be a cupcake party after this screening!
Celebrate the 75th anniversary of Walt Disney's first
feature-length animated film with the Walt Disney Family Museum's new
exhibition Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: The Creation of a Classic. While this
fantastic exhibit is up, San Francisco Silent Film Festival members and fans
receive $3 off general admission! Show either your Silent Winter 2013 ticket
stub or valid member ID at the ticket desk. Discount valid for Museum
general admission only.
Walt Disney Family Museum co-presented Snow White (1916) at