San Francisco Silent Film Festival, July 12–15
Hello! I’m Anya Richkind, LWHS class of 2011. I would like to invite you to the 17th Annual San Francisco Silent Film Festival, from July 12–July 15 this year.
At the Silent Film Festival, you’re not paying for a movie; you’re paying for an experience. The red plush seats welcome you to the historic Castro Theater. Black and white images from a rare film flit across the screen. The piano rings, the kazoo cascades, the cello mourns. Pianists or orchestral groups from as near as San Francisco and as far as Stockholm accompany each film in the festival.
This year’s films take you from stark Antarctica, to Zorro’s old California, to animated cartoon worlds. In the particularly hilarious Mantrap, a country bumpkin and a city cynic duel for the flamboyant Alverna (Clara Bow), who could “flirt with a grizzly bear” (New York Times, 1926). We close the festival with a gloriously comedic Buster Keaton film!
If you form a group of ten or more students, you can experience one of these films for just $5 a person (except for Pandora’s Box, Wings, and The Cameraman).