Sunday, May 29, 2011

San Francisco Silent Film Festival 2011 - Be There or Be Square

He Who Gets Slapped will close the 2011 Festival


The schedule for the 2011 San Francisco Silent Film Festival:

Opening Night, Thursday, July 14
7:00 pm Upstream
9:15 pm Sunrise

Friday, July 15
11:00 am Amazing Tales from the Archives I
2:00 pm Huckleberry Finn
4:15 pm I Was Born, But…
7:00 pm The Great White Silence
9:30 pm Il Fuoco

Saturday, July 16
10:00 am Disney’s Laugh-O-Grams  featuring J.B. Kaufaman
12:00 noon Variations on a Theme with silent film musicians and composers
2:00 pm The Blizzard
4:00 pm The Goose Woman
6:30 pm Mr. Fix-It
8:30 pm The Woman Men Yearn For

Sunday, July 17
10:00 am Amazing Tales from the Archives II  featuring Kevin Browlow on fifty years of Film Preservation.
12 noon Shoes
2:00 pm Wild and Weird featuring David Sheppard
4:30 pm The Nail in the Boot
7:30 pm He Who Gets Slapped

I'm very excited about the lineup this year and will be posting on the scheduled films and activities over the next couple of days.

Festival passes or single tickets may be purchased online from the SF Silent Film Festival Website.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Reading the Stars - Exhibit at The San Francisco Public Library


Thomas Gladsyz of the Louise Brooks Society has curated several literary exhibitions in the SFPL.  I'm proud to have donated some Valentino material for the upcoming exhibition.

Here is Thomas' announcement:

At least one vintage book featuring Louise Brooks will be featured in "Reading the Stars," an exhibit of books, magazines and other vintage reading material published during silent film era which will be on display at the San Francisco Public Library. All of the material - published during the Teens, Twenties, and early Thirties - pertain to the movies.


"Reading the Stars" is part of a small constellation of exhibits and programs titled "Shhhhhhh! Silents in the Library." The exhibits run June 25 through August 28 in the Main branch of the SFPL, on the Fourth Floor and Sixth Floor History Center Exhibit Space.

If you plan on coming to town to attend to the San Francisco Silent Film Festival, don't miss this chance to take a look at these library exhibits. I curated "Reading the Stars," and it is the fourth exhibit in about 12 years which I have helped put on. Additional details to follow. More info at http://sfpl.org/index.php?pg=1006779101

Friday, May 20, 2011

San Francisco Silent Film Festival Preview - The Great White Silence

The official announcement of the complete schedule for the 2011 San Francisco Silent Film Festival is imminent.  Mark your calendars for July 14th-17th at the Castro Theater. 

One of the films that has been announced is The Great White Silence.  The performance at the SFSFF will be accompanied by the fabulous Mattie Bye Ensemble.

The film has been restored and re-scored by the British Film Institute. The BFI has posted a fabulous 13 minute video piece on the scoring and the film.  I'm really anxious to see this on the big screen.


The official blurb from the SFSFF website:

The Great White Silence (1924)

A hundred years ago, cinematographer Herbert Ponting joined Captain Robert F. Scott’s ill-fated expedition to the Antarctic as official photographer. Ponting not only captured the magnificent vistas and charming wildlife, but documented camp life and scientific work as well. In 1924, he edited the footage into this extraordinary feature complete with vivid toning and tinting. The British Film Institute has recently restored the film using modern techniques to recreate the dazzling color and brilliant detail of the original.

You can buy your fesitval pass online here.

With any luck I will have more on the upcoming festival posted this weekend.  With even more luck, once the festival is finished I will have photos to post that will have been taken with a vintage 1915 era brownie camera (my new fun project). 



Tuesday, May 17, 2011

On the Bedside Table - Hollywoodland by Mary Mallory


I am very excited about the newly published book (today!) on Hollywoodland by a good friend of mine, Mary Mallory.  I've got mine on order and can't wait to get it on the bedside table to read.  Hollywoodland chronicles the story of how the Hollywood(land) sign came to be and the neighborhood that was built around the now iconic image that represents Hollywood.

Mary Mallory is a film historian, photograph archivist, and a member of the Cultural Affairs Committee of the Studio City Neighborhood Council. She serves on the Board of Hollywood Heritage, Inc., for which she also acts as a docent at the Hollywood Heritage Museum. Hollywood Heritage, Inc., is a nonprofit organization dedicated to preservation of the historic built environment in Hollywood and to education about the early film industry and the role its pioneers played in shaping Hollywood's history.

Mary recently was interviewed by the Los Angeles Times regarding her new book:

My book is an Arcadia Publishing book detailing the history in photographs of the neighborhood of Beachwood Canyon originally known as Hollywoodland.

Hollywoodland extends from 2690 N. Beachwood Drive up towards Mt. Lee and the Hollywood Sign (this was originally in Hollywoodland before being donated to the Department of Parks and Recreation in 1945). The book details the early history of Beachwood Canyon, the construction of the development, amenities, histories of many of the homes and architects, a history of the Hollywood Sign, listings of famous residents, and a chapter on movies filmed up there.

It is based on Hollywood Heritage’s S. H. Woodruff Collection (one of the developers of Hollywoodland) and other Hollywood photograph collections, photos from Bison Archives, the Margaret Herrick Library, me, and others, and all profits got to Hollywood Heritage.

I made the suggestion to the HH Board, on which I serve, that we should try to do something with the Woodruff Collection, and since I made the suggestion, I got to do it. I’ve always wanted to do a book, and especially one on Hollywood history.

I learned so much about the architects, homes, and residents. It was fun, but I continue to research. I just walked most of it recently trying to get photos of the original homes, trying to identify homes with photos we have.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

A Vamp Goes to the TCM Festival - Guest Blog Report

My good friend Joan attended some of the TCM Festival last weekend.  Here's her take on what she saw and how much fun she had.  This is a cross-posting from Nitrateville (excellent message board if you do not know about it).