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). 


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