MD-DC-VA Silent Film Screenings


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Internet Movie Database – www.imdb.com links are provided to provide more information about films.

2018
January 2018
Library of Congress Audio-Visual Conservation Center – Culpeper, Va
19053 Mt. Pony Road, Culpeper, VA 22701
Friday Jan 26 at 7:30pm – Submarine  (1928, 93 min).  From the LOC’s webpage: << Jack Dorgan (Jack Holt) and Bob Mason (Ralph Graves) are Navy buddies who have a falling out when Bob falls for Jack’s wife, Bessie (Dorothy Revier). While on maneuvers, Bob’s submarine collides with a destroyer and sinks to the ocean floor, entombing the crew alive, but with little oxygen. Top diver Jack wavers when summoned to rescue his rival. Frank Capra, who was known for small comedies at this time, was asked to take over direction of this first “A” picture production for Columbia Pictures when studio head Harry Cohn was unhappy with the dailies shot by Irvin Willat. The result was so successful both critically and financially that Capra, Holt and Graves re-teamed for two more action pictures, “Flight” and “Dirigible.” The 1921 Hallroom Boys comedy short “Their Dizzy Finish” [18 min] will be shown before the feature. >>
Live musical accompaniment by Ben Model!  Website
Free admission!     Information 540-827-1079 x79994 or 202-707-9994
LOC/Culpeper website
From the LOC’s Jenny Paxton:

<< The Library of Congress Packard Campus Theater pays tribute to Columbia Pictures with screenings of features dating from the studio’s first “A” picture release, 1928s “Submarine” directed by Frank Capra, to the British Cold War Spy spoof “Our Man in Havana” (1959) starring Alec Guinness. The January line-up includes two additional Capra titles, “It Happened One Night” and “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington,” both on the National Film Registry. Several of the features will be preceded by short subjects released by Columbia ranging from popular big bands of the 1940s to comedies starring The Three Stooges and Charley Chase.

Columbia Pictures began as CBC Film Sales Corporation in 1918. Founded by Harry Cohn, his brother Jack Cohn, and Joe Brandt, it took on the Columbia Pictures title in 1924. A minor player in Hollywood in the early years, the studio gained more prestige in the late 1920s, largely due to a successful association with director Frank Capra and is now one of the leading film studios in the world.

The largest nitrate film collection held by The Library of Congress is that of Columbia Pictures, consisting of 35, 366 reels. It was acquired when the American Film Institute (AFI) founded in 1967, focused attention on film preservation and actively sought motion picture materials in need of preservation. Thousands of titles have come to LC (as gifts) from AFI, the majority of them original nitrate negatives and masters from major studios such as Columbia, RKO and Universal.

Many thanks for your help in sharing information about the free film screenings at the Packard Campus Theater. New people find us every week thanks to your efforts. >>

Weinberg Center for the Arts – Frederick, MD
 20 West Patrick Street, Frederick, MD 21701
Friday Jan 26 at 8:00pm – Battleship Potemkin (1925, 68 min)
Live musical accompaniment on a Wurlitzer organ!
Tkts  $7 / $5 discount (62+ yrs, students, military, FAC mbrs, City of Frederick employees        Tel 301-600-2828.        Theatre seats 1,000.  Website
February 2018
Salisbury University – Salisbury, MD
Holloway Hall, 1101 Camden Avenue, Salisbury, MD 21801
Saturday Feb 3 at 7:30pm – Harold Lloyd’s Safety Last! (1923, 70 min)
Live musical accompaniment by Andrew Greene’s Peacherine Ragtime Society Orchestra!   Website
Tkt information – call  410-543-6271 or contact Salisbury University link
Atlas Performing Arts Center – Washington, DC
1333 H Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002
Sunday Feb 11 at 4:00pm – La Boheme (1926, 95 min)
Original music score accompaniment by Atlas Curator & Resident Musician Andrew Simpson!   Website
Concession stand food & drinks, + free popcorn!
Tkts: $12 – $20        Tel 202-399-7993, ext. 2 (M-F, 1pm-6pm)        Atlas  Website
Getting there: neighborhood parking is available; or take the Metro subway Red Line to Union Station, then take the free H Street Streetcar to 13th Street, NE.
Weinberg Center for the Arts – Frederick, MD
 20 West Patrick Street, Frederick, MD 21701
Saturday Feb 17 at 3:00pm – The Woman Disputed (1928, 108 min)
Stars Norma Talmadge (Buster Keaton’s sister-in-law) and Gilbert Roland
Live musical accompaniment on a Wurlitzer organ!
Tkts  $7 / $5 discount (62+ yrs, students, military, FAC mbrs, City of Frederick employees        Tel 301-600-2828.        Theatre seats 1,000.  Website
Kimball Theatre – Williamsburg, VA
428 W. Duke of Gloucester Street, Williamsburg, VA 23185
The William and Mary Global Film Festival (Feb 15 – 18) presents:
Sunday Feb 18 at 3:00pm – Nosferatu (1922, 92 min) starring Max Schreck as the vampire Count Orlock, Gustav von Wangengeim as Hutter, and Greta Schroeder as his wife, Ellen.
Hosted by Katherine Preston, David N. and Margaret C. Bottoms Professor of Music.
Live music accompaniment by Tina Chancey and Hesperus! “The score will consist of German medieval and Renaissance music onviol, rebec, vielle, kanej, percussion and voice, combined with electronic sounds from the Haken Continuum. Performers include Nell Snaidas, Rex Benincasa, Niccolo Seligmann, Sally Sparks, and Tina Chancey!”
Tkts – $10. See Festival website for parking & more information.
National Gallery of Art – Washington, DC
East Wing, lower level auditorium, 4th & Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC
From the British Film Institute’s  National Archives:
Sunday Feb 18 at 4:30pm – Cine-Concert: The Informer (1929, 100 min)
From the NGA’s website: << Liam O’Flaherty’s 1925 novel The Informer, set in Dublin in the aftermath of the Irish Civil War, has been adapted for the cinema several times (even by O’Flaherty’s cousin John Ford in the 1930s). This restoration from the BFI was the first adaption. “O’Flaherty claimed in his autobiography that he wrote The Informer ‘based on the technique of the cinema, as a kind of high-brow detective story.’ Set in the revolutionary ferment of the newly independent Ireland, among a cadre of poor political activists, this silent version captures the essence of the novel, that atmosphere of a world without possible escape, very like the closed system of later film noir” — Bryony Dixon. The new BFI-commissioned score by Irish composer Garth Knox includes accordion, flute, Irish pipes, and viola d’amore. >>

Free admisson!     NGA Website

Riverside High School –  Leesburg, VA
19019 Upper Belmont Place, Leesburg, VA 20176
Saturday Feb 24 at 7:30pm – The Immigrant (1917, 24 min) starring Charlie Chaplin and Edna Purviance! Original orchestral score by Andrew E. Simpson, performed by the Loudoun Symphony Orchestra, Jason Love, conductor!
Precedes  Symphony No. 5 by D. Shostakovich and Brahm’s Academic Festival Overture, performed by the Loudoun Symphony Orchestra! Jason Love, conductor!
Tkts $30     Tel  703-771-8282      Loudoun Symphony Orchestra website
National Gallery of Art – Washington, DC
East Wing, lower level auditorium, 4th & Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC
Sunday Feb 25 at 4:00pm – Cine-Concert: Edmund Kean: Prince Among Lovers (1924, 139 min) From the NGA’s website: << Russian exile actor Ivan Mosjoukine settled in Paris and became a legend of the French silent cinema. In Kean ou Désordre et génie he portrays the troubled career of the fabled British Shakespearean stage actor, Edmund Kean — c onsidered one of the finest actors ever to perform — in a visually striking work by avant-garde Russian screenwriter and director Aleksandr Volkov. Recently restored from original negative by Cinémathèque française in collaboration with the Czech Film Archive and the Centre national du cinéma et de l’image animée (CNC), the film’s beauty and psychological depth dramatically portray Kean’s life and loves while reconstructing (within French movie studios) a set based on the legendary Drury Lane in London’s West End. >>
Musicians Gabriel Thibaudeau and Frank Bockius in performance!
Free admisson!     NGA Website
March 2018
National Gallery of Art – Washington, DC
East Wing, lower level auditorium, 4th & Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC
Saturday Mar 3 at 4:00pm – Cine-Concert: Shooting Stars (1928, 103 min) From the NGA’s website: << Shooting Stars is the first film of Anthony Asquith (son of H. H. Asquith, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1908 to 1916), whose most celebrated work was the 1952 adaptation of The Importance of Being Earnest. “

Shooting Stars opens in a British movie studio in the 1920s…It’s a fascinating behind-the-scenes glimpse and a searing comment on the shallowness of the star system. Demonstrably the original work of rising talent Anthony Asquith — his dynamic cinematographic style and professional approach to the design and lighting was a step change in the quality of British features” –  Bryony Dixon >>

Musical sountrack of a score by John Altman was commissioned by the British Film Institute for a 12-piece ensemble!

Free admission!      Website
Brown Memorial Park Avenue Presbyterian Church – Baltimore, MD
1316 Park Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21271
Friday Mar 9 at 7:30pm – Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde (1920, 82 min) starring John Barrymore and Martha Mansfield!
Live Skinner pipe organ accompaniment by Michael Britt!
Suggested donation at door: $15 adults / $25 families
Tel. 410-423-1542      Church website
Library of Congress Audio-Visual Preservation Center – Culpeper, VA
19053 Mt. Pony Road, Culpeper, VA 22701
Wednesday Mar 14 – Deadline for submitting proposed topics that you would like to present at the 2018 Mostly Lost Film Identification Workshop (Thurs Jun 14 – Sat Jun 16, 2018). Three days of unidentified silent film clips and presentations for silent film fans who are asked if they can identify the clips’ titles, actors, film sites, cars, buildings, etc. Evenings feature “known” silents for a general audience. Live music accompaniment by alternating musicians!
Contact mostlylost@loc.gov. for submissions Website – mostlylost7.eventbrite.com for registration / hotel / transportation information.
Olin Fine Arts Center – Washington, PA
Washington & Jefferson College, 285 E. Wheeling Street, Washington, PA
Tuesday Mar 27 at 7:30pm – Masters of Silent Comedy (1920s short silents)
Live musical accompaniment by Andrew Greene’s Peacherine Ragtime Orchestra Society!Website
Tkt information – 724-223-6546   Olin website
AFI/Silver – Silver Spring, MD
8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, MD 20910
Friday Mar 30 at 8:30pm – The New Babylon (1929, 93 min)
Saturday Mar 31 at 2:00pm – The New Babylon (1929, 93 min)
Music performed by the PostClassical Ensemble! Score by Dimitri Shostakovich and conducted by Angel Gil-Ordonez!
Tkts  $20 / $18 AFI mbrs          Tel   301-495-6700         Silver website
and
Saturday Mar 31 at 7:30pm – Night of the Lepus (1972, 88 min, “talkie” sci-fi)(experimental rabbit program gets out of control). Presented by TV personality Gore De Vol (Dick Dyszel)!
Tkts $13 / $10 seniors / $8 kids / $9.50 AFI mbrs      Tel  301-495-6700      Website
April 2018
Library of Congress Audio-Visual Preservation Center – Culpeper, VA
19053 Mt. Pony Road, Culpeper, VA 22701
Monday Apr 2 – Registration opens for the 2018 Mostly Lost Film Identification Workshop (Thurs Jun 14 – Sat Jun 16, 2018). Three days of unidentified silent film clips and presentations. The audience is invited to identify the clips’ titles, actors, film sites, cars, buildings, etc. Evenings feature “known” silents for a general audience. Live music accompaniment by alternating musicians!
Information – mostlylost@loc.gov.   Website – mostlylost7.eventbrite.com for registration / hotel / transportation information.
Library of Congress Audio-Visual Conservation Center – Culpeper, Va
19053 Mt. Pony Road, Culpeper, VA 22701
Thursday Apr 5 at 7:30pm – Mostly Lost: Identifying Unknown FIlms at the Library of Congress (120 min).  From the LOC’s webpage: << Did you ever wonder where those “once-thought-lost, just-rediscovered” films you hear about in the news from time to time were lurking? While some have been waiting patiently to be found in someone’s garage or even squirreled away in film archives, others are problem children that survived in plain sight, but due to the ravages of time, often exist only in fragments or with their opening titles and credits missing. These incomplete and unidentified films are not lost… they are just Mostly Lost. To help them regain their identity, the Library of Congress holds an annual film identification workshop where such films are projected for an audience of scholars, archivists and film enthusiasts who are encouraged to call out anything that they recognize on screen. This evening’s screening, a preview of the program to be presented at this year’s Turner Classic Movies Classic Film Festival in Hollywood (April 26 – 29), will bring part of that workshop to you with screenings of newly identified films, insights in how to identify a film, and even give you a shot at identifying one live! >>
Live musical accompaniment by Ben Model!  Website
Free admission!     Information 540-827-1079 x79994 or 202-707-9994
No reservations taken.      LOC/Culpeper website
Library of Congress Audio-Visual Preservation Center – Culpeper, VA
19053 Mt. Pony Road, Culpeper, VA 22701
Saturday Apr 14 – Deadline for submitting 16mm material to the 2018 Mostly Lost Film Identification Workshop (Thurs Jun 14 – Sat Jun 16, 2018). (Film will be transferred to video for presentation.) Contact mostlylost@loc.gov.   Website – mostlylost7.eventbrite.com
AFI/Silver – Silver Spring, MD
8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, MD 20910
Wednesday Apr 18 at 7:30pm – Little Old New York (1923, 110 min)
starring Marion Davies and Stephan Carr! Co-presented by the Irish Film Institute. Website
Live music accompaniment by Irish pianist Morgan Cooke!  Website
Tkts  $15 / $13 AFI mbrs 2-Star and up        Tel   301-495-6700         Silver website
Atlas Performing Arts Center – Washington, DC
Lab Theatre II, 1333 H Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002
Sunday Apr 22 at 4:00pm – It (1927, 72 min) starring Clara Bow!
Original music score accompaniment by Atlas Curator & Resident Musician Andrew Simpson!   Website
Concession stand food & drinks, + free popcorn!
Tkts: $20 / 18 seniors / 18 students        Tel 202-399-7993, ext. 2 (M-F, 1pm-6pm)        Atlas  Website
Getting there: neighborhood parking is available; or take the Metro subway Red Line to Union Station, then take the free H Street Streetcar to 13th Street, NE.
Library of Congress Audio-Visual Conservation Center – Culpeper, Va
19053 Mt. Pony Road, Culpeper, VA 22701
Saturday Apr 22 at 7:30pm – Back Pay (1922, 70 min).  From the LOC’s webpage:
<< Directed by Frank Borzage, winner of the first Best Director Academy Award (for “Seventh Heaven” in 1927), this romantic drama stars Seena Owen as Hester Bevins, a simple country girl who yearns for adventure. Though she has a handsome young man, Jerry, who is devoted to her, she leaves her village and goes to New York in search of a grander life. There she becomes the lover of a wealthy and unscrupulous businessman. But when Jerry returns blinded and dying from the war, Hester must choose between her new life and the man whose loyalty to her has never failed. Frances Marion wrote the screenplay based on a short story of the same name by Fannie Hurst. This 35 mm tinted film print was restored by the Library of Congress Motion Picture Conservation Center. The short film “Federated Screen Review # 5” will precede the feature.  >>
Live musical accompaniment by Andrew Simpson!  Website
Free admission!     Information 540-827-1079 x79994 or 202-707-9994
No reservations taken.    LOC/Culpeper website
May 2018
AFI/Silver – Silver Spring, MD
8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, MD 20910
Friday May 4 at 7:15pm – Strike (1925, 82 min), dir. by Russian direcctor Sergei M. Eisenstein
Live music accompaniment by the 3-musician Alloy Orchestra!  Website
Tkts  $15 / $13 AFI mbrs 2-Star and up        Tel   301-495-6700         Silver website
Maryland Film Festival – Baltimore, MD
May 2 – 6, 2018
Parkway Theatre,  5 W. North Avenue, Baltimore, MD 2120
Sunday May 6 – (check box office for time) – A Page of Madness (1926, 78 min), dir. by Teinosuke Kinugasa. A man takes a job as a janitor in an insane asylum in the hopes of getting his wife out.
Tkts – check w/ box office       Festival Website
Library of Congress Audio-Visual Preservation Center – Culpeper, VA
19053 Mt. Pony Road, Culpeper, VA 22701
Monday May 14 – Deadline for submitting 35mm & video that you would like to present at the 2018 Mostly Lost Film Identification Workshop (Thurs Jun 14 – Sat Jun 16, 2018).   Contact mostlylost@loc.gov.   Website – mostlylost7.eventbrite.com
June 2018
Library of Congress Audio-Visual Preservation Center – Culpeper, VA
19053 Mt. Pony Road, Culpeper, VA 22701
Thursday Jun 14 – Saturday Jun 16 – The 2018 Mostly Lost Film Identification Workshop (Thurs Jun 14 – Sat Jun 16, 2018). Three days of unidentified silent film clips and presentations for silent film fans who are asked if they can identify the clips’ titles, actors, film sites, cars, buildings, etc. Evenings feature “known” silents for a general audience. Live music accompaniment by alternating musicians!
Website – mostlylost7.eventbrite.com for registration / film schedule / hotel / transportation information.
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5 thoughts on “MD-DC-VA Silent Film Screenings

  1. Pingback: Welcome to DC Silents! | dcsilents

      • I’m probably preaching to the choir here, but silents aren’t truly silent, and without dialogue, the music plays a LARGER role than in sound film. Yes, info. on the accompaniment is always helpful.

  2. Terrific to find this blog. I try to get to silent screenings when I can, especially when there is organ accompaniment, but they can be hard to track down. THANK YOU THANK YOU for setting this up.

    Mark.

  3. Agreed. Thanks. I’m bookmarking this page. This is necessary, because there are SO MANY showings around DC/Balt. I’ve been scouring the googles and the weekly city arts papers to keep an eye on things, but that can be frustrating. (Especially when you see something awesome already happened, and you JUST missed it!).

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