It was nice to hear a round of applause for Doug when he showed up on screen, and a couple audience members hissed at Cardinal Richelieu. I remember back in the ’80s when people did this routinely at silent film shows, but it doesn’t happen much anymore. Although last week at the MoMA class, when Sunshine Sammy turned up in Get Out and Get Under there was a nice round of applause from class members who knew who he was.
Also in the audience were Dave Stevenson, of Loose Than Loose Publishing, who provided his rare 16mm prints for our Educational Pictures show two weeks ago. Dave came down from Manchester, NH along with Jeff Rapsis, who is another film accompanist who started a few years ago. He’s in a good position to learn and play, teaming up with Dave (as I did with Bruce Lawton back in the 1990s) to make silent film shows happen, and he’s doing a show or two a month up in the Manchester area where there are a few nice venues for this. I’d connected him with Joe Yransky for a show at the now-defunct Donnell this past year, and then wound up being in Boise, ID when his show happened, so this was our first in-person meeting. See photo below.
Tonight I’m off to the East Meadow Public Library on Long Island to play for The General (one of these days I’m going to get this score right), and then am back on L.I. tomorrow for Langdon’s The Strong Man at the Cinema Arts Centre. I am trying to come up with a good short to open for the Langdon. Walter Kerr told me he always ran a Keystone short or two before showing people Langdon, which I believe makes sense, and so I’ll come up with something frenetic and slapsticky either in 16mm or on DVD. Maybe an Arbuckle…
See you at the silents!