NEWS: Live Pianists Accompany Silent Films at BDAC Silent Film Music Festival (BOUNTIFUL)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Live Pianists Accompany Silent Films at BDAC Silent Film Music Festival
Contact: Cara Krebs
Bountiful Davis Art Center
1st ANNUAL SILENT FILM MUSIC FESTIVAL
Silent films with live piano music
September 16 10 AM - 8 PM
Bountiful Davis Art Center, 90 N Main St. Bountiful, UT 84010
Image: cropped publicity photo from Charlie Chaplin's 1921 movie "The Kid". Pictured are Charlie Chaplin and Jackie Coogan
When silent films debuted nearly 100 years ago theaters would hire musicians to play alongside them. Bountiful Davis Art Center will re-create this experience all day September 16, 2017 from 10:00 am – 8:00 pm. Live pianists on two Steinway grand pianos will accompany a new movie every 45 minutes throughout the day. Over 350 young pianists coming from as south as Provo and as north as Ogden studying under 18 piano teachers will perform the score music. Seven different movies will be shown featuring Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin.
Creator and Coordinator Heather K. Smith said, “I envision that this festival will appeal to families as the films are all age-appropriate, funny, and relatively short. Not only will this festival offer a performance opportunity for students but will also be a way to historically preserve silent films.” Watch KUED's Mary Dickson interview Heather Smith about the festival here: https://www.bdac.org/silent-film-fest
In keeping with watching film traditions, food and drink will be sold.
All proceeds will help offset BDAC's operational expenses to make it possible for music teachers to continue to rent the BDAC space at an affordable rate.
Film and Performance Schedule:
Time: Participating Teacher(s) :
10 AM – Buster Keaton’s Cops Diane Moon
10:45 AM- Buster Keaton’s One Week Kerri Green
11:30 AM- Buster Keaton’s Scarecrow Valarie Beer
12:15 PM- Buster Keaton’s Neighbors Angela McBride
1:45 PM- Buster Keaton’s Scarecrow Tiffany Bailey & Brenda Baker
2:30 PM- Buster Keaton’s One Week Linda Clement
3:15 PM- Buster Keaton’s Neighbors Susan Cheney
4:45 PM- Buster Keaton’s High Sign Young Ran Price & Lois Matthews
5:30 PM- Buster Keaton’s Scarecrow Emma West
6:15 PM- Buster Keaton’s One Week Katherine Chipman and Kerri Green
7 PM- Buster Keaton’s High Sign Stephanie Stuart and Jackie Ward
7:45 PM- Buster Keaton’s The Boat Heather Smith
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