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Salute to Charlie Chaplin included in Kansas Silent Film Festival Feb 28 and March 1

A salute to Charlie Chaplin, a showing of early animation and cartoon creations and a feature from the National Film Registry are included on the program of the 18th annual Kansas Silent Film Festival scheduled Feb. 28 and March 1 in White Concert Hall at Washburn University. All festival events are free and the public is welcome.

The event will also feature a comedy starring Will Rogers, a short starring Mary Pickford discovered in 2006 and Chaplin’s final appearance as the Little Tramp, shown with his own original recorded music score.

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, organ; Bob Keckeisen, percussion; and Jeff Rapsis and Rodney Sauer, piano.

The annual cinema buffet dinner will be at 5:15 p.m. Saturday, March 1 at the Bradbury Thompson Alumni Center, and includes a special showing of the 1911 Mary Pickford and Owen Moore short, “Their First Misunderstanding.” Tickets are $30 per person (non refundable) and reservations are encouraged.  Send payment to KSFF Cinema-Dinner, Box 2032, Topeka, Kan. 66601-2032. A limited number of tickets for the dinner may be available at the KSFF.

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 The festival schedule:

Friday, Feb. 28, 7 p.m.:

  • “Felix in Hollywood” (1923)

  • “Ella Cinders” (1926), with Colleen Moore; recently added to the National Film Registry.

  • “Doubling for Romeo” (1921), with Will Rogers

Saturday, Feb. 23

10 a.m. – noon – Early animation theme.

  • “The Enchanted Drawing,” “Aesop’s Fable,” “Hey Diddle Diddle” (ca. 1909)
  • “The Adventure of Dollie” (1908), with Gladys Egan
  • “Crazy to Act” (1927), with Oliver Hardy
  • “Devil Horse” (1926), with Rex the Wonder Horse

 1:30 – 5 p.m. – Hollywood’s depiction of Hollywood

  • "Modeling” (1921), animation with Koko the Clown, by Max & Dave Fleischer
  • “Bobby Bumps Puts a Beanery on the Bum” (1918), cartoon by Earl Hurd
  • “The Patsy” (1928), with Marion Davies
  • “Prehistoric Poultry” (1917), animation by Willis O’Brien
  • “Souls for Sale” (1923), with Eleanor Boardman and Richard Dix

(Cinema Dinner break)

7:30 p.m.

  • “Charlie on the Windmill” (1916), Italian animation short by Movca Film
  • “The Masquerader” (1914), with Charlie Chaplin
  • “Modern Times” (1936), with Charlie Chaplin, in his final appearance as The Little Tramp, and  Paulette Goddard

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

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