TOPEKA – Vintage stars ranging from Mary Pickford, Charles Chaplin and Buster Keaton will light up the screen at the 17th annual Kansas Silent Film Festival scheduled Feb. 22 and 23 in White Concert Hall at Washburn University. All festival events are free and the public is welcome.
The event will also feature several short classic Keystone comedies produced by Max Sennett. Special guests at the festival will be Paul Gierucki and Brittany Valente, who recently produced a DVD boxed set of restored classics by Sennett.
Kansas City film historian Denise Morrison will provide introductions for the films and give an overview of the artists and the era of the silent films. Several films will be shown on 16mm film, while others may be projected digitally, due to the rarity of actual film material.
Accompaniment for the feature films and shorts will be provided by the Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra; Marvin Faulwell and Greg Foreman, organ; Bob Keckeisen, percussion; and Phil Figgs and Jeff Rapsis, piano.
The annual cinema dinner will be at 5:15 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23 at the Bradbury Thompson Alumni Center. Tickets are $25 per person (non refundable) and reservations are required. Send payment to KSFF Cinema-Dinner, Box 2032, Topeka, Kan. 66601-2032.
For more info, go to kssilentfilmfest.org.
The festival schedule:
Friday, Feb. 22, 7 p.m.:
Saturday, Feb. 23
10 a.m. – noon – Prehistoric comedy theme
1:30 – 5 p.m. – Wild West action
The KSFF organization hosts the festival through sponsorships and donations. To learn more, contact Bill Shaffer at 785.670.3151.
Contact: Dena Anson, 785.670.1711
Editors: Photos available upon request