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Press Release: June 1, 2010

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ACADEMY AWARDS SILENT FILM FESTIVAL!
PETE DOCTER TO ATTEND!

Media Contact: Anita Monga 510-843-4245, anita@silentfilm.org

For Immediate Release

The Academy Foundation of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has awarded the Silent Film Festival a $15,000 grant, making it possible for the festival to expand its educational and programming initiatives, as well as maintain its excellence. The grant provides special support for the following programs:

For its 15th Anniversary edition, the Festival shines a spotlight on its musical component with a new program: Variations on a Theme: Musicians on the Craft of Composing and Performing for Silent Film (Saturday, July 17, 12 noon). This special moderated event will give the audience the chance to hear from the Festival’s extraordinary musicians about what goes into making a silent film score. Chloe Veltman, regular contributor to The New York Times and producer and host of public radio’s VoiceBox, will moderate. This program is co-presented by City Arts and Lectures and San Francisco Performances.

The festival is also pleased to announce this year’s featured director for the Director’s Pick program—Academy Award-winner Pete Docter. Docter, who directed Pixar hits Monsters, Inc. and Up, has selected the comedy shorts program The Big Business of Short, Funny Films (Saturday, July 17, 10:00 am), and will be interviewed onstage by Leonard Maltin at the show. “Pixar’s artists seem to have an affinity for the visual storytelling of the silent era,” said Silent Film Festival Artistic Director Anita Monga, “and of course, great senses of humor. We’re thrilled to have Docter present some of the funniest moments on film to our audience.”

This year, the hugely popular Amazing Tales from the Archives program, created in 2006 to highlight the importance of film preservation, will have two iterations. For the first (Friday, July 16, 11:30 am)—Lost and Found Films from the Silent Era—Joe Lindner of the Academy Film Archive returns with fascinating film fragments from the Academy’s collection, and Paula-Félix Didier and Fernando Peña of the Museo del Cine in Buenos Aires will discuss their extraordinary find—the discovery of Fritz Lang’s original version of Metropolis, thought lost for 80 years!

The festival offers two engrossing presentations for the second Amazing Tales program—First the Bad News… and then the Good! (Sunday, July 18, 10:00 am). Mike Mashon of the Library of Congress will use film clips and slides to reveal the devastating reality of American silent film survival rates. To end on a happier note, Annette Melville of the National Film Preservation Foundation will report on international film repatriation projects that are preserving and making available American silent films that have been unseen in this country for decades. This presentation will include the newly preserved print of the Mutt and Jeff cartoon On Strike.

For more information, please visit the Silent Film Festival website.

Press contact:
Anita Monga, Artistic Director
Telephone: 510-843-4245
anita@silentfilm.org


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ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION:

The San Francisco Silent Film Festival is a nonprofit organization dedicated to presenting treasures from the silent era with live musical accompaniment, to educate the public about silent film as an art form and as a culturally valuable historical record.

Silent filmmakers produced masterpieces and crowd-thrilling entertainments. Remarkable for their artistry and their inestimable value as historical documents, silent films show us how our ancestors thought, spoke, dressed and lived. It is through these films that the world first came to love movies, and learned how to appreciate them as art. They have influenced every generation of filmmakers, and continue to inspire audiences nearly a century after they were made.

The 15th Annual San Francisco Silent Film Festival will take place July 15-18, 2010 at the Castro Theatre. Reserve the date!

For more information, please visit the Silent Film Festival website.

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