• Upcoming Silent Film Screenings

Here's a running list of upcoming screenings of silent film with live music by Jeff Rapsis.

• Friday, Feb. 24 & Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017, 21st Annual Kansas Silent Film Festival at Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas. Annual pilgrimage to wonderful two-day celebration of silent film with live music. Titles to be accompanied include the animated feature 'The Adventures of Prince Achmed' (1926). Check it out at www.kssilentfilmfest.org.

• Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017, 3 p.m.: 'The Adventures of Prince Achmed' (1926); Collins Cinema, located in the Davis Museum complex, Wellesley College, Wellesley, Mass. Earliest surviving feature-length animated film is screened as part of 'Cinephile Sundays' at Wellesley College. Screening is free and open to the public.

• Thursday, March 2, 2017, 7:30 p.m., "The Kid" (1921) starring Charlie Chaplin, Jackie Coogan; Silent film program at The Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, 1028 Scott Boulevard, Covington, Kentucky. (859) 491-2030; www.thecarnegie.com. Chaplin's breakthrough feature, a story with "a smile, and perhaps a tear," blends comedy and pathos in equal measures; five-year-old Coogan delivers one of the most remarkable child performances in all of cinema. Admission: $21 per person. Silent film with live music at a terrific cultural museum that's just across the Ohio River from downtown Cincinnati, Ohio.

• Friday, March 3, 2017, 7:30 p.m. "The Cameraman" (1928) starring Buster Keaton, Marceline Day; Cinematheque at the Cleveland Institute of Art, 11610 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, Ohio; (216) 421-7450. To impress the girl of his dreams, mild-mannered portrait photographer Buster takes up the glamorous profession of newsreel cameraman. One of the best comedies of the silent era, shown in 35mm.

• Saturday, March 4, 2017, Lon Chaney Double Feature; Cinematheque at the Cleveland Institute of Art, 11610 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, Ohio; (216) 421-7450. Two strange late silent thrillers, both starring Chaney at the peak of his career and directed by Todd Browning, who would later helm the cult film 'Freaks' (1932). In 'The Unknown' (1927), Chaney plays 'Alonzo the Armless,' a circus knife-thrower (he uses his feet!) with a dark past who lusts after trapeze artist Joan Crawford, who is pursued by the circus strong man, but she has a phobia about being held by a man. See where this is going? In 'West of Zanzibar' (1928), Chaney plays a vaudeville magician who loses use of his legs in an accident but still journeys to Africa to seek revenge on the wealthy businessman (Lionel Barrymore) who stole his beloved. Both films shown in 35mm.

• Sunday, March 5, 2017, The Docks of New York (1928) starring George Bancroft, Betty Compson, and Olga Baclanova; Cleveland Museum of Art, 11150 East Blvd, Cleveland, Ohio. Director Josef von Sternberg's masterful drama about a ship laborer who rescues a beautiful woman from drowning, but then finds his life changed in unexpected ways. Another gem from the late silent years, highlighted by realistic performances, gritty set design, and vivid black-and-white photography. Shown in 35mm.

• Tuesday, March 7, 2017, 6 p.m.: "The Shamrock and the Rose" (1927) starring Mack Swain, Olive Hasbrouck; Carpenter Memorial Auditorium, Manchester Public Library, 405 Pine St., Manchester, N.H.; (603) 624-6550; Manchester Public Library. Prepare for St. Patrick's with this vintage ethnic comedy about the Irish Kellys family and the Jewish Cohens, neighbors in home, rivals in business—and now forced to deal with an unexpected inter-family romance! Monthly series of rarely screened silent films presented with live music in 1913 auditorium. Admission free, donations encouraged.

• Thursday, March 9, 2017, 8 p.m.: "To Be Announced"; The Capitol Theatre, 204 Massachusetts Ave., Arlington, Mass.; (603) 536-2551; http://capitoltheatreusa.com/. Silent film with live music at a terrific locally owned neighborhood cinema!




• Thursday, March 16, 2017, "Silent Film Program"; Canterbury Elementary School, Canterbury, N.H. Silent film program as part of annual enrichment program at local school.

• Thursday, March 16, 2017, 6:30 p.m.: "Sadie Thompson" (1928) starring Gloria Swanson, Lionel Barrymore, Raoul Walsh; The Flying Monkey Movie House and Performance Center, 39 South Main St., Plymouth, N.H.; (603) 536-2551; http://www.flyingmonkeynh.com/. Intense drama of a "fallen woman" who comes to an island in the South Seas to start a new life, but encounters a zealous missionary who wants to force her back to her former life in San Francisco. See Gloria Swanson, one of the silent screen's leading ladies, in one of her leading roles in a film made long before she played Norma Desmond in "Sunset Boulevard." Part of a monthly silent film series at a newly restored moviehouse in Plymouth, N.H. Admission, $10 per person.

• Friday, March 17, 2017, Time TBA: Silent Film Program at Trinitarian Congregational Church, Concord, Mass. More details to come!

• Saturday, March 18, 2017, 7 p.m.: Silent Film Program: Halloween in March! at the Blazing Star Grange Hall, North Road in Danbury, N.H. You've heard of "Christmas in July?" Well, welcome to "Halloween in March," a program of spooky silent film with live music presented by the local Grange chapter. Rumor has it the main attraction will be Lon Chaney in 'Phantom of the Opera' (1925), but check back for details. Free and open to the public; suggested donation of $5 at the door.

• Wednesday, March 22, 2017, 7 p.m.: "The Passion of Joan of Arc" (1928); Rogers Center for the Arts, Merrimack College, 315 North Turnpike St., North Andover, Mass. (978) 837-5355. Danish director Carl Dreyer's intense recreation of the trial of Joan of Arc set new standards for cinematography and expanded the language of film in new directions. Extreme close-ups, expressionistic photography, and a stellar cast (including, in the title role, the only film performance of legendary stage actress Renée Falconetti) combine to create a movie-going experience that remains riveting today. Silent film with live music on the campus of Merrimack College. Free admission. For more information, visit the Rogers Center online.

• Friday, March 24, 2017, 7 p.m. "Dare-Devil Aviation Double Feature"; Aviation Museum of New Hampshire, 27 Navigator Road, Londonderry, N.H.; (603) 669-4820. Join fellow flyboys and flygals for a double feature of vintage silent film featuring 1920s biplane action, all accompanied by live music. In 'The Phantom Flyer' (1928) famous stunt flyer Al Wilson portrays a border patrol aviator who must use his pilot skills to save girlfriend Mary (Lillian Gilmore) from cattle rustlers. And in 'The Sky Rider' (1928), join Champion the Wonder Dog as he flies along with his master Dick to foil the plot of a disinherited nephew to get even with—well, it's complicated! Come see for yourself as we recreate the silent film experience (planes included) that caused people to first fall in love with the movies: the big screen, live music, and an audience to get riled up about it all. And all this in a hanger-like space right alongside Runway 17-35 at Manchester-Boston Regional Airport. Admission charge; more details to come.


• Sunday, March 26, 2017, 4:30 p.m.: "'The Wizard of Oz'" (1925) starring Larry Semon, Oliver Hardy; Wilton Town Hall Theatre, Main Street, Wilton, N.H.; (603) 654-3456; www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com. Early silent film version of Frank L. Baum's immortal tales features silent comedian Larry Semon in a slapstick romp that also casts Oliver Hardy as the Tin Man. Oz as you've never seen it before! Monthly series of silent films with live music at a theater where movies have been shown since 1912! Admission free, donations of $5 per person encouraged.

• Saturday, April 1, 2017, 7 p.m. "Sherlock Jr." (1924) and "The Cameraman" (1928) starring Buster Keaton; Northeast Catholic College (formerly The College of Saint Mary Magdalen), 511 Kearsarge Mountain Road, Warner, N.H. Movie-themed double bill of comedies starring Buster Keaton. 'Sherlock Jr.' finds Buster as a small-town movie projectionist who dreams of becoming a detective. Highlights include legendary dream sequence where Keaton joins the case of a crime drama playing at the theater. In 'The Cameraman,' portrait photographer Buster exchanges his still camera for a movie camera in an effort to break into the newsreel business and win the attention of a special gal. Spectacular movie-themed Keaton comedy filled with great stunts filmed on a grand scale. Silent film program on the campus of Northeast Catholic College. Admission is free for Northeast Catholic students and any others with college ID; general public admission is $5 per person.

• Sunday, April 2, 2017, 7 p.m. "Peter Pan" (1924); Aeronaut Brewing Co., 14 Tyler St., Somerville, Mass. Admission $10 per person, limited seating. The original silent film adaptation of J.M. Barrie's immortal tale of the boy who wouldn't grow up. Join the Darling children as they follow Peter to Never Never Land to do battle with the evil Captain Hook. A film that has lost none of its power over children of all ages. Part of the Aeronaut Brewery's commitment to showcase local music, art, and performance. Limited seating so reserve early; for more details on tickets, visit Aeronaut Brewing online.

• Tuesday, April 4, 2017, 6 p.m.: "Othello" (1922) starring Emil Jannings, Werner Krauss; Carpenter Memorial Auditorium, Manchester Public Library, 405 Pine St., Manchester, N.H.; (603) 624-6550; Manchester Public Library. We celebrate Shakespeare's birthday (he died this month, too) with an early silent version of the bard's immortal tragedy as brought to the screen in an early German version. Monthly series of rarely screened silent films presented with live music in 1913 auditorium. Admission free, donations encouraged.

• Thursday, April 6, 2017, 8 p.m.: "To Be Announced"; The Capitol Theatre, 204 Massachusetts Ave., Arlington, Mass.; (603) 536-2551; http://capitoltheatreusa.com/. Silent film with live music at a terrific locally owned neighborhood cinema!

• Friday, April 7, 2017, Time TBA: "Der Golem" (1920); At Lunacon, the longest-running Science Fiction and Fantasy convention in the New York area, presented by the New York Science Fiction Society - the Lunarians (2), Inc, at the Westchester Marriott in Tarrytown, NY, on the weekend of April 7 - 9, 2017. In 16th-century Prague, a rabbi creates a giant creature from clay, called the Golem. Using sorcery, brings the creature to life in order to protect the Jews of Prague from persecution. Early German fantasy flick anticipates Frankenstein story. More details to come.

• Saturday, April 8, 2017, 7 p.m.: "To Be Announced"; Tuscan Opera House, Dixfield, Maine; fundraiser for local historical society organized by students at Dirigo High School. Program details to be announced.

• Sunday, April 9, 2017, 2 p.m.: "The Wind" (1928) starring Lillian Gish; Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Square, Somerville, Mass.; http://www.somervilletheatreonline.com. A frail young woman from the east moves in with her cousin in the west, where she causes tension within the family and is slowly driven mad. Towering, intense performance by Lillian Gish in one of MGM's last major silent dramas; told with visual style by Swedish director Victor Seastrom. One of the all-time silent classics and not to be missed. The real deal! Silent film shown in 35mm on the big screen with live music. Part of a monthly series at the Somerville Theatre, a wonderful 100-year-old moviehouse committed to keeping alive the experience of 35mm film. Featuring outstandingly exacting work of legendary projectionist David Kornfeld. For more info, call the theater box office at (617) 625-5700. Admission $15 per person.

• Thursday, April 13, 2017, 6:30 p.m.: "King of Kings" (1927) directed by Cecil B. DeMille, starring H.B. Warner; The Flying Monkey Movie House and Performance Center, 39 South Main St., Plymouth, N.H.; (603) 536-2551; http://www.flyingmonkeynh.com/. Long before he played Old Man Gower in 'It's a Wonderful Life,' actor H.B. Warner tackled the much meatier role of Jesus Christ in this Cecil B. DeMille blockbuster. Just in time for Easter; crucifixion scene comes complete with earthquake, landslides, and a cast of thousands. Part of a monthly silent film series at a newly restored moviehouse in Plymouth, N.H. Admission, $10 per person.

• Saturday, April 22, 2017, 7 p.m.: "The Kid" (1921) starring Charlie Chaplin, Jackie Coogan; Ludlow Auditorium, Ludlow, Vt. Chaplin's breakthrough feature, a story with "a smile, and perhaps a tear," blends comedy and pathos in equal measures; five-year-old Coogan delivers one of the most remarkable child performances in all of cinema. Also on the program: "A Dog's Life (1918), Chaplin's short comedy in which his co-star is furry and has four legs. Silent film with live music in the lovingly restored Ludlow Auditorium in Ludlow Town Hall, 37 Depot St., Ludlow, Vt. Looking forward to bringing silent film to life with live music in this wonderful and historic venue!

• Friday, April 28, 2017, Time TBA: "Silent Film Program"; the Antrim Grange #98, Antrim Grange Hall at 253 Clinton Road, Antrim, N.H. Details to come!

• Sunday, April 30, 2017, 4:30 p.m.: "Silent 'Our Gang' Festival"; Wilton Town Hall Theatre, Main Street, Wilton, N.H.; (603) 654-3456; www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com. Long before Alfalfa and Spanky, an earlier version of "The Little Rascals" had a long run during the silent film era. Take a trip back to the early years of "Our Gang" with some of their most popular comedies. Monthly series of silent films with live music at a theater where movies have been shown since 1912! Admission free, donations of $5 per person encouraged.

• Tuesday, May 2, 2017, 6 p.m.: "Let's Go" (1923) starring Richard Talmadge, Eileen Percy; Carpenter Memorial Auditorium, Manchester Public Library, 405 Pine St., Manchester, N.H.; (603) 624-6550; Manchester Public Library. Light-hearted romp with Talmadge playing scion of a family-owned cement company. A business trip brings headaches over a paving contract, but also a chance at romance. Monthly series of rarely screened silent films presented with live music in 1913 auditorium. Admission free, donations encouraged.

• Saturday, May 6, 2016, 7:30 p.m.: "To Be Announced"; the Edison Theatre at the Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum, 37417 Niles Boulevard, Niles, Calif. Wonderful vintage Edison theater from 1913 now fully restored; shows silent films with live music every week. Suggested admission $5 per person for members, $7 for "not yet members."

• Thursday, May 11, 2017, 8 p.m.: "To Be Announced"; The Capitol Theatre, 204 Massachusetts Ave., Arlington, Mass.; (603) 536-2551; http://capitoltheatreusa.com/. Silent film with live music at a terrific locally owned neighborhood cinema!

• Friday, May 12, 2017, 6 p.m.: "Wings" (1927) starring Clara Bow, Buddy Rogers, Richard Arlen; Webster, N.H., Webster Public Library/Town Hall, 947 Battle St., Webster N.H. Sweeping drama about fighter pilots in World War I; one of the great achievements of the silent cinema, winner of "Best Picture" at the first-ever Academy Awards. Compelling story, great performances, battle scenes filmed on an immense scale, and in-air aviation sequences that remain thrilling even today. Presented by the Webster (N.H.) Public Library and the Webster (N.H.) Historical Society as part of a program to commemorate the U.S. entry in World War I. Free admission, all welcome to attend.

• Saturday, May 13, 2017, 7 p.m.: Silent 'Our Gang' Festival; Brandon Town Hall and Community Center, Main Street/Route 7, Brandon, Vt.; http://www.brandontownhall.org. Long before Alfalfa and Spanky, an earlier version of "The Little Rascals" had a long run during the silent film era. Take a trip back to the early years of "Our Gang" with some of their most popular comedies. Join us for a series of silent films and live music in a wonderfully restored town hall in Brandon Vt. that features great acoustics. Admission free, donations accepted, with proceeds to help continuing preservation work.

• Sunday, May 14, 2017, 2 p.m.: "Greed" (1924), directed by Erich von Stroheim; Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Square, Somerville, Mass.; http://www.somervilletheatreonline.com. Sudden fortune won from a lottery creates such destructive greed that it ruins the lives of the three people involved. Legendary director Erich Von Stroheim's great masterpiece brought silent film drama to new heights of intensity. Rare chance to see this film in 35mm on the big screen with live music. Part of a monthly series at the Somerville Theatre, a wonderful 100-year-old moviehouse committed to keeping alive the experience of 35mm film. Featuring outstandingly exacting work of legendary projectionist David Kornfeld. For more info, call the theater box office at (617) 625-5700. Admission $15 per person.

• Thursday, May 18, 2017, 6:30 p.m.: "Speedway" (1929) starring William Haines, Ernest Torrance, Anita Page; The Flying Monkey Movie House and Performance Center, 39 South Main St., Plymouth, N.H.; (603) 536-2551; http://www.flyingmonkeynh.com/. Fasten your seat belts! We mark the traditional Memorial Day running of the Indianapolis 500 with a vintage race car drama filmed right on the famed track—at speeds topping 115 mph! Part of a monthly silent film series at a newly restored moviehouse in Plymouth, N.H. Admission, $10 per person.

• Sunday, May 21, 2017, 4:30 p.m.: "The Trail of '98" (1928(; Wilton Town Hall Theatre, Main Street, Wilton, N.H.; (603) 654-3456; www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com. Join the surge of adventurers headed north to Alaska during the Klondike Gold Rush in this big-budget MGM spectacular. Directed by Clarence Brown; enormous cast features Delores Del Rio, Karl Dane, many others. Monthly series of silent films with live music at a theater where movies have been shown since 1912! Admission free, donations of $5 per person encouraged.



• Sunday, May 28, 2017, 4 p.m.: "The Cheat" (1915) directed by Cecil B. DeMille, starring Fannie Ward, Sessue Hayakawa, Jack Dean; The Revue Cinema, 400 Roncesvalles Ave., Toronto, ON M6R 2M9, Canada; (416) 531-9950; http://revuecinema.ca Intense drama about a New York stockbroker's wife who becomes indebted to a wealthy Asian merchant. Breakthrough film of Cecil B. DeMille, with acting, story, and production values far in advance of the time.

• Friday, June 2, 2017, 9 a.m. Silent film program for students at Great Brook Middle School at Antrim Town Hall in Antrim, N.H. Our sevenh annual presentation to some of the brightest kids in southern New Hampshire!

• Sunday, June 11, 2017, 4:30 p.m.: "'Hell's Hinges' (1918) and 'Wild and Woolly' (1918)"; Wilton Town Hall Theatre, Main Street, Wilton, N.H.; (603) 654-3456; www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com. This summer's silent film series: The Birth of the Western! Long before anyone heard a gunshot in a movie, audiences loved pictures set in the wide open spaces of the American West. This summer, we'll bring you some of the best Westerns from cinema's early years. First up, a double feature! In 'Hell's Hinges,' William S. Hart plays a desperado who must reform himself before cleaning up a corrupt town. In 'Wild and Wooley,' Douglas Fairbanks Sr. stars in a romantic comedy about a New York tycoon's son out west on business, and what happens when the locals think he expects a Wild West welcome. Monthly series of silent films with live music at a theater where movies have been shown since 1912! Admission free, donations of $5 per person encouraged.

• Thursday, June 15, 2017, 6:30 p.m.: "Seven Chances" (1925) starring Buster Keaton; The Flying Monkey Movie House and Performance Center, 39 South Main St., Plymouth, N.H.; (603) 536-2551; http://www.flyingmonkeynh.com/. Broke stockbroker Buster will inherit a fortune provided he's a married man...by 7 p.m. today! Classic Keaton comedy, complete with one of the best silent film chases to come out of the golden age of comedy. Part of a monthly silent film series at a newly restored moviehouse in Plymouth, N.H. Admission, $10 per person.

• Saturday, June 17, 2017, 7 p.m.: "Running Wild" (1927) starring W.C. Fields; Brandon Town Hall and Community Center, Main Street/Route 7, Brandon, Vt.; http://www.brandontownhall.org. In one of his best silent roles, W.C. Fields plays a hen-pecked husband who lacks the courage to stand up to his domineering wife—until an inadvertent encounter with a hypnotist completlye upends the family's domestic status quo. A great showcase for the younger Fields' abilities in pantomime and visual humor. Join us for a series of silent films and live music in a wonderfully restored town hall in Brandon Vt. that features great acoustics. Admission free, donations accepted, with proceeds to help continuing preservation work.

• Sunday, June 18, 2017, 2 p.m.: "So This Is Paris" (1926) directed by Ernst Lubitsch; Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Square, Somerville, Mass.; http://www.somervilletheatreonline.com. If you like your 1920s sex comedies light and frothy, then director Ernst Lubitsch is your guy. This madcap romp, set among the sophisticated elite in the City of Light, buzzes with energy on the dance floor and elsewhere. Plus it helped popularize the Charleston! A rare chance to see this title in 35mm on the big screen with live music. Part of a monthly series at the Somerville Theatre, a wonderful 100-year-old moviehouse committed to keeping alive the experience of 35mm film. Featuring outstandingly exacting work of legendary projectionist David Kornfeld. For more info, call the theater box office at (617) 625-5700. Admission $15 per person.

• Thursday, June 22, 2017, 8 p.m.: "To Be Announced"; The Capitol Theatre, 204 Massachusetts Ave., Arlington, Mass.; (603) 536-2551; http://capitoltheatreusa.com/. Silent film with live music at a terrific locally owned neighborhood cinema!

• Sunday, June 25, 2017, 4:30 p.m.: "The Covered Wagon" (1925); Wilton Town Hall Theatre, Main Street, Wilton, N.H.; (603) 654-3456; www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com. Our summer series, The Birth of the Western, continue with 'The Covered Wagon.' Two wagon caravans converge at what is now Kansas City, and combine for the westward push to Oregon. On their quest the pilgrims experience desert heat, mountain snow, hunger, and Indian attack. Monthly series of silent films with live music at a theater where movies have been shown since 1912! Admission free, donations of $5 per person encouraged.

• Tuesday, June 27, 2017, 6 p.m.: "Tempest" (1928) starring John Gilbert, Camilla Horn; Carpenter Memorial Auditorium, Manchester Public Library, 405 Pine St., Manchester, N.H.; (603) 624-6550; Manchester Public Library. Epic drama in which an officer in the Czar's army (Barrymore) falls hard for a haughty princess (Horn), who spurns him and causes him to be stripped of rank. But the tables are turned with the Russian revolution, which upends the aristocracy and puts the soldier and the princess at the mercy of forces that no one can control. Monthly series of rarely screened silent films presented with live music in 1913 auditorium. Admission free, donations encouraged.

• Thursday, July 6, 2017, 8 p.m.: "To Be Announced"; The Capitol Theatre, 204 Massachusetts Ave., Arlington, Mass.; (603) 536-2551; http://capitoltheatreusa.com/. Silent film with live music at a terrific locally owned neighborhood cinema!

• Sunday, July 9, 2017, 2 p.m.: "Safety Last" (1923); Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Square, Somerville, Mass.; http://www.somervilletheatreonline.com. The iconic image of Harold Lloyd dangling from the hands of a downtown clock is only one small piece of a remarkable thrill comedy that has lost none of its power over audiences. See it for yourself on the big screen and with an audience. The real deal! Silent film shown in 35mm on the big screen with live music. Part of a monthly series at the Somerville Theatre, a wonderful 100-year-old moviehouse committed to keeping alive the experience of 35mm film. Featuring outstandingly exacting work of legendary projectionist David Kornfeld. For more info, call the theater box office at (617) 625-5700. Admission $15 per person.

• Thursday, July 13, 2017, 6:30 p.m.: "The Crowd" (1928); starring Eleanor Boardman, James Murray, directed by King Vidor; The Flying Monkey Movie House and Performance Center, 39 South Main St., Plymouth, N.H.; (603) 536-2551; http://www.flyingmonkeynh.com/. King Vidor's intense drama about the life of an everyman who aims high, but life has other ideas. Filled with iconic scenes showing the eloquence of silent film at its most fluent. Part of a monthly silent film series at a newly restored moviehouse in Plymouth, N.H. Admission, $10 per person.

• Saturday, July 15, 2017, 7 p.m.: A Dare-Devil Aviation Double Feature!; Brandon Town Hall and Community Center, Main Street/Route 7, Brandon, Vt.; http://www.brandontownhall.org. In 'The Phantom Flyer' (1928) famous stunt pilot Al Wilson portrays a border patrol aviator who uses his flying skills to save girlfriend Mary (Lillian Gilmore) from cattle rustlers. And in 'The Sky Rider' (1928), join Champion the Wonder Dog as he flies along with his master Dick to foil the plot of a disinherited nephew to get even with—well, it's complicated! Come see for yourself as we recreate the silent film experience (biplanes included) that caused people to first fall in love with the movies. Join us for a series of silent films and live music in a wonderfully restored town hall in Brandon Vt. that features great acoustics. Admission free, donations accepted, with proceeds to help continuing preservation work.

• Sunday, July 16, 2017, 4:30 p.m.: "Sand" (1920) starring William S. Hart; Wilton Town Hall Theatre, Main Street, Wilton, N.H.; (603) 654-3456; www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com. Our summer series, The Birth of the Western, continues with 'Sand' (1920). A righteous railroad agent is fired from his job after false accusations are launched against him. Another great vehicle for grim-faced Western star William S. Hart, the silent film's era's version of John Wayne. Monthly series of silent films with live music at a theater where movies have been shown since 1912! Admission free, donations of $5 per person encouraged.

• Sunday, July 30, 2017, 4:30 p.m.: "Wagon Tracks" (1919) starring William S. Hart; Wilton Town Hall Theatre, Main Street, Wilton, N.H.; (603) 654-3456; www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com. Our summer series, The Birth of the Western, continues with 'Sand' (1920). William S. Hart as Buckskin Hamilton, guiding a wagon train across the wasteland, caring well for the pioneers he escorts, but also hoping to solve the murder of his brother by one of the travelers. Monthly series of silent films with live music at a theater where movies have been shown since 1912! Admission free, donations of $5 per person encouraged.

• Tuesday, Aug, 1, 2017, 6 p.m.: "Christine of the Big Tops" (1926) starring Pauline Garon, Cullen Landis; Carpenter Memorial Auditorium, Manchester Public Library, 405 Pine St., Manchester, N.H.; (603) 624-6550; Manchester Public Library. Raised in a traveling circus, young orphan Christine is eager to prove her worth on the trapeze. But her real challenge is choosing between the affections of her Guardian and a young doctor. Monthly series of rarely screened silent films presented with live music in 1913 auditorium. Admission free, donations encouraged.

• Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017, 8 p.m.: "To Be Announced"; The Capitol Theatre, 204 Massachusetts Ave., Arlington, Mass.; (603) 536-2551; http://capitoltheatreusa.com/. Silent film with live music at a terrific locally owned neighborhood cinema!

• Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017, 6:30 p.m.: "To Be Announced"; The Flying Monkey Movie House and Performance Center, 39 South Main St., Plymouth, N.H.; (603) 536-2551; http://www.flyingmonkeynh.com/. Part of a monthly silent film series at a newly restored moviehouse in Plymouth, N.H. Admission, $10 per person.

• Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017, 7 p.m.: "Go West" (1925) starring Buster Keaton; Brandon Town Hall and Community Center, Main Street/Route 7, Brandon, Vt.; http://www.brandontownhall.org. Buster heads out to ranch country, where the stone-faced comedian encounters romance with—a cow! Can he save his love from a trip to the livestock yards? Rustle up some belly laughs as Buster must once again prove himself worthy to all those who doubt him.Join us for a series of silent films and live music in a wonderfully restored town hall in Brandon Vt. that features great acoustics. Admission free, donations accepted, with proceeds to help continuing preservation work.

• Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017, 4:30 p.m.: "Go West" (1925) starring Buster Keaton; Wilton Town Hall Theatre, Main Street, Wilton, N.H.; (603) 654-3456; www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com. We conclude our 'Birth of the Western' series with Buster's ranch comedy about the stone-faced comedian and his enduring romance with—a cow! Rustle up some belly laughs as Buster must prove himself worthy once again. Monthly series of silent films with live music at a theater where movies have been shown since 1912! Admission free, donations of $5 per person encouraged.

• Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017, 2 p.m.: "Get Your Man" (1927) starring Clara Bow, Buddy Rogers; Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Square, Somerville, Mass.; http://www.somervilletheatreonline.com. Long-lost Clara Bow feature only recently rescued and restored by the Library of Congress. Bow is Nancy Worthington, a liberated (of course) American in Paris who meets cute with French nobleman Robert Albin (Rogers) while on vacation by herself. Robert and Nancy fall hard for each other, but an arranged, politically motivated marriage stands in their way. Nancy scams her way onto the family estate, and complications ensue. Silent film shown in 35mm on the big screen with live music. Part of a monthly series at the Somerville Theatre, a wonderful 100-year-old moviehouse committed to keeping alive the experience of 35mm film. Featuring outstandingly exacting work of legendary projectionist David Kornfeld. For more info, call the theater box office at (617) 625-5700. Admission $15 per person.

• Wednesday, Aug. 30 through Monday, Sept. 4, 2017: The Western New York Movie Expo and Memorabilia Show, Adam's Mark Hotel, downtown Buffalo, N.Y. Four-day successor to Cinefest, annual vintage film festival in Syracuse, N.Y. that ended in 2015. Details to come on films, titles, guests, etc. For more info, visit https://wnymovieexpo.wordpress.com/.

• Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017, 6 p.m.: "The Shield of Honor" (1927) starring Neil Hamilton; Carpenter Memorial Auditorium, Manchester Public Library, 405 Pine St., Manchester, N.H.; (603) 624-6550; Manchester Public Library. Long before he played Commissioner Gordon in the iconic 1960s 'Batman' TV show, Neil Hamilton was a leading man, saving the day and getting the girl in a steady stream of films throughout the silent era. This vintage crime drama is a good example of his output. Monthly series of rarely screened silent films presented with live music in 1913 auditorium. Admission free, donations encouraged.



• Thursday, September 14, 2017, 6:30 p.m.: "To Be Announced"; The Flying Monkey Movie House and Performance Center, 39 South Main St., Plymouth, N.H.; (603) 536-2551; http://www.flyingmonkeynh.com/. Part of a monthly silent film series at a newly restored moviehouse in Plymouth, N.H. Admission, $10 per person.

• Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017, 7 p.m.: Harry Houdini Silent Film Double Feature!; Brandon Town Hall and Community Center, Main Street/Route 7, Brandon, Vt.; http://www.brandontownhall.org. Rare surviving films from the great illusionist's brief movie career. In 'Terror Island' (1920) Houdini stars as a swashbuckling inventor who steers his high-tech submarine to a forbidden tropical isle to rescue the woman he loves; in 'The Man From Beyond' (1922), Houdini plays a man frozen 100 years in the Arctic who returns to civilization to reclaim his reincarnated love. Join us for a series of silent films and live music in a wonderfully restored town hall in Brandon Vt. that features great acoustics. Admission free, donations accepted, with proceeds to help continuing preservation work.

• Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017, 4:30 p.m.: "Harry Houdini Silent Film Double Feature"; Wilton Town Hall Theatre, Main Street, Wilton, N.H.; (603) 654-3456; www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com. Rare surviving films from the great illusionist's brief movie career. In 'Terror Island' (1920) Houdini stars as a swashbuckling inventor who steers his high-tech submarine to a forbidden tropical isle to rescue the woman he loves; in 'The Man From Beyond' (1922), Houdini plays a man frozen 100 years in the Arctic who returns to civilization to reclaim his reincarnated love. Monthly series of silent films with live music at a theater where movies have been shown since 1912! Admission free, donations of $5 per person encouraged.

• Friday, Sept. 29 and Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017, "The Buster Keaton Celebration"; Bowlus Fine Arts Center in beautiful downtown Iola, Kansas. Two days of Keaton-focused panels, films, and fellowship not far from Keaton's rural Kansas birthplace. Rumor has it this might be the last Keaton Celebration ever! For more info, check out their Web site.

• Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017, 6 p.m.: "Waxworks" (1924) with Emil Jannings, Conrad Veidt, and Werner Krauss; Carpenter Memorial Auditorium, Manchester Public Library, 405 Pine St., Manchester, N.H.; (603) 624-6550; Manchester Public Library. Just in time for Halloween: in this masterwork of the German Expressionist movement, a trilogy of terror is woven around the wax figures of a carnival sideshow. Monthly series of rarely screened silent films presented with live music in 1913 auditorium. Admission free, donations encouraged.



• Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017, 6:30 p.m.: "To Be Announced"; The Flying Monkey Movie House and Performance Center, 39 South Main St., Plymouth, N.H.; (603) 536-2551; http://www.flyingmonkeynh.com/. Part of a monthly silent film series at a newly restored moviehouse in Plymouth, N.H. Admission, $10 per person.

• Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017, 7 p.m.: "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" (1920) starring John Barrymore; Brandon Town Hall and Community Center, Main Street/Route 7, Brandon, Vt.; http://www.brandontownhall.org. Just in time for Halloween: our annual "Chiller Theatre" presentation! John Barrymore plays both title roles in the original silent film adaptation of the classic novella by Robert Louis Stevenson. A spook-tacular performance that helped establish Barrymore as one of the silent era's top stars, highlighted by Barrymore's on-camera transformations done without special effects. Join us for a series of silent films and live music in a wonderfully restored town hall in Brandon Vt. that features great acoustics. Admission free, donations accepted, with proceeds to help continuing preservation work.

• Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017, 4:30 p.m.: "Häxan" (1922); Wilton Town Hall Theatre, Main Street, Wilton, N.H.; (603) 654-3456; www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com. Celebrate Halloween with a very weird film about witchcraft and superstition. Created in Sweden and Denmark, 'Häxan' shocked audiences with its depiction of black magic, rituals, spells, and a lot of other scary stuff. Monthly series of silent films with live music at a theater where movies have been shown since 1912! Admission free, donations of $5 per person encouraged.

• Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017, 6:30 p.m.: "To Be Announced"; The Flying Monkey Movie House and Performance Center, 39 South Main St., Plymouth, N.H.; (603) 536-2551; http://www.flyingmonkeynh.com/. Part of a monthly silent film series at a newly restored moviehouse in Plymouth, N.H. Admission, $10 per person.

• Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017, 6 p.m.: "What Price Glory" (1926) starring Dolores del Río, Victor McLaglen; Carpenter Memorial Auditorium, Manchester Public Library, 405 Pine St., Manchester, N.H.; (603) 624-6550; Manchester Public Library. In the midst of World War I, two American GIs battle each other for the affections of a local girl in France. Comedy/drama was a big sprawling hit. Monthly series of rarely screened silent films presented with live music in 1913 auditorium. Admission free, donations encouraged.

• Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017, 4:30 p.m.: "When the Clouds Roll By" (1919) starring Douglas Fairbanks Sr.; Wilton Town Hall Theatre, Main Street, Wilton, N.H.; (603) 654-3456; www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com. Wacky romantic comedy starring Douglas Fairbanks Sr. as a rich young man who attempts to solve his problems by undergoing the brand-new science of psychiatry. Directed by a very young Victor Fleming, who would later helm 'Gone With the Wind' (1939). Monthly series of silent films with live music at a theater where movies have been shown since 1912! Admission free, donations of $5 per person encouraged.

• Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017, 6 p.m.: "Upstream" (1927); Carpenter Memorial Auditorium, Manchester Public Library, 405 Pine St., Manchester, N.H.; (603) 624-6550; Manchester Public Library. Backstage intrigue is the name of the game in this John Ford-directed feature film that was considered lost for decades until a copy was recently unearthed in New Zealand. Monthly series of rarely screened silent films presented with live music in 1913 auditorium. Admission free, donations encouraged.