• Upcoming Silent Film Screenings

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

• Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018, 4:30 p.m.: "Hearts of the World" (1918) directed by D.W. Griffith, starring Lillian Gish; Wilton Town Hall Theatre, Main Street, Wilton, N.H.; (603) 654-3456; www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com. Intended originally as a propaganda film to support America's entry into World War I. Directed by Griffith on a large scale, including location shots from the front lines in France, the story follows a boy, a girl and their families as they are thrust into the horror and violence of what was known then as "the Great War." 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.

Sorry! Cancelled due to schedule conflict! • Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019, 7 p.m.: "Safety Last" (1923) and "Why Worry?" (1923); Rogers Center for the Arts, Merrimack College, 315 North Turnpike St., North Andover, Mass. (978) 837-5355. Two crackerjack comedies from Harold Lloyd, including the famous one where he is forced to climb a downtown office building. Silent film with live music on the campus of Merrimack College. Free admission. For more information, visit the Rogers Center online.

• Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019, 7 p.m.: "The Yankee Clipper" (1927); Custom House Maritime Museum, 25 Water St.; Newburyport, Mass.; www.thechmm.org; 978-462-8681. Two tall ships race from China to Boston to win a lucrative tea contract. Sea-going adventure set in the heyday of the fast "clipper" ships. Starring William Boyd, who would later go on to play "Hopalong Cassidy." Program of silent film with live music open to the public. To order tickets online, click here.

• Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019, 4:30 p.m.: "Last of the Mohicans" (1922) starring Wallace Beery, Alice Bedford; Wilton Town Hall Theatre, Main Street, Wilton, N.H.; (603) 654-3456; www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com. The original big-screen adaptation of James Fenimore Cooper's tale about colonial settlers among the Native Americans during the French and Indian War. 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, Jan. 29, 2019, 7 p.m.: "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" (1923) starring Lon Chaney; Colonial Theatre, 95 Main St., Keene, N.H.; (603) 352-2033; www.thecolonial.org. Lon Chaney stars in the original screen adaptation of Victor Hugo's classic novel about a deformed bellringer in medieval Paris. A moving and timeless drama filled with classic scenes and capped with a thrilling climax! Plus, the very first feature film shown at the Colonial when it first opened in 1924! Tickets: 35 cents per person! (The same price as in 1924.)

• Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019, 5 p.m.: "Our Hospitality" (1923) starring Buster Keaton, Natalie Talmadge; Campton Historical Society, Campton Town Hall, Route 175, Campton, N.H.; Campton Historical Society. Silent film program preceded by potluck supper beginning at 5 p.m. Film program to start approximately 6:15 p.m. Free and open to the public! Silent comic Buster Keaton's film about a backwoods feud in the 1830s pokes fun at everything from southern customs to early railroad trains. Filled with great gags and a timeless story that culminates in a dramatic river rescue where Buster almost lost his life for real!

• Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019, 4:30 p.m.: "The Eagle" (1925) starring Rudolph Valentino, Vilma Banky; Wilton Town Hall Theatre, Main Street, Wilton, N.H.; (603) 654-3456; www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com. Valentino's comeback film is a rousing romp set in Imperial Russia. See the silent screen idol as a soldier who catches the eye of the Czarina, only to desert his platoon when trouble brews back home. Great costume drama and a perfect way to warm up for Valentine's Day. 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, Feb. 17, 2018, "Title TBA"; Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Square, Somerville, Mass.; (617) 625-5700; Somerville Theatre. Silent film with live music, part of the 44th Annual Boston Sci-Fi Film Festival's annual 24-hour science fiction film marathon, which runs noon on Sunday, Feb. 17 to noon on Monday, Feb. 18. Admission charged. For more info, visit the festival's Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/BostonSciFi.

• Friday, Feb. 22 & Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019, 22nd Annual Kansas Silent Film Festival at Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas. Annual pilgrimage to wonderful two-day celebration of silent film with live music. Check it out at www.kssilentfilmfest.org. (My 20th consecutive year of attending this festival!)

• Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019, 4 p.m.: "Wings" (1927) starring Clara Bow, Buddy Rogers, Richard Arlen; The Center for Arts in Natick, 14 Summer St., Natick, Mass.; (508) 647-0097; http://www.natickarts.org/. 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. Silent film with live music in a renovated firehouse that's now a terrific arts center. Tickets $12, members $10.

• Thursday, March 7, 2019, 7 p.m.: "King of Kings" (1927); Rogers Center for the Arts, Merrimack College, 315 North Turnpike St., North Andover, Mass. (978) 837-5355. Just in time for Easter: Cecil B. DeMille's epic retelling of the story of Christ and the crucifixion. Silent film with live music on the campus of Merrimack College. Free admission. For more information, visit the Rogers Center online.

• Sunday, March 31, 2019, 4:30 p.m.: "Our Hospitality" (1923) starring Buster Keaton, Natalie Talmadge; Wilton Town Hall Theatre, Main Street, Wilton, N.H.; (603) 654-3456; www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com. Silent comic Buster Keaton's film about a backwoods feud in the 1830s pokes fun at everything from southern customs to early railroad trains. Filled with great gags and a timeless story that culminates in a dramatic river rescue where Buster almost lost his life for real! 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 27, 2019, 4:30 p.m.: "La Roue, Part 1" (1923) directed by Abel Gance; Wilton Town Hall Theatre, Main Street, Wilton, N.H.; (603) 654-3456; www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com. Before he made the epic 'Napoleon' (1927), French director Abel Gance created this tale of a railroad engineer who adopts a young orphaned girl, then traces the paths of their lives over the decades that follow. Widely hailed for its revolutionary editing, 'La Roue' stands as a milestone in the development of cinema. The 4½-hour film will be shown in two parts over two days. 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, April 28, 2019, 4:30 p.m.: "La Roue, Part 2" (1923) directed by Abel Gance; Wilton Town Hall Theatre, Main Street, Wilton, N.H.; (603) 654-3456; www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com. Before he made the epic 'Napoleon' (1927), French director Abel Gance created this tale of a railroad engineer who adopts a young orphaned girl, then traces the paths of their lives over the decades that follow. Widely hailed for its revolutionary editing, 'La Roue' stands as a milestone in the development of cinema. The 4½-hour film will be shown in two parts over two days. 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, May 11, 2019, 7 p.m.: "Safety Last" (1923) starring Harold Lloyd, Mildred Davis; Brandon Town Hall and Community Center, Main Street/Route 7, Brandon, Vt.; http://www.brandontownhall.org. The iconic image of Harold Lloyd dangling from the hands of a downtown clock is just one highlight 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. 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 19, 2019, 4 p.m.: "The General" (1926) starring Buster Keaton, Marion Mack; The Center for Arts in Natick, 14 Summer St., Natick, Mass.; (508) 647-0097; http://www.natickarts.org/. Buster's Civil War-era masterpiece that tells the story of a Confederate railroad engineer whose train is hijacked by Northern spies. One of the great films of any era! Silent film with live music in a renovated firehouse that's now a terrific arts center. Tickets $12, members $10.

• Sunday, May 19, 2019, 4:30 p.m.: "Safety Last" (1923) starring Harold Lloyd, Mildred Davis; Wilton Town Hall Theatre, Main Street, Wilton, N.H.; (603) 654-3456; www.wiltontownhalltheatre.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. See it for yourself on the big screen and with an audience. Plus special bonus comedy short subject! 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, June 15, 2019, 7 p.m.: "Chicago" (1927) starring Phyllis Haver; Brandon Town Hall and Community Center, Main Street/Route 7, Brandon, Vt.; http://www.brandontownhall.org. The original big screen adaptation of the notorious Jazz Age tabloid scandal, based on real events. Dancer Roxie Hart is accused of murder! Is she innocent or headed for the slammer? Later made into the popular Broadway musical. 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 30, 2019, 4:30 p.m.: "Woman in the Moon" (1929) directed by Fritz Lang; Wilton Town Hall Theatre, Main Street, Wilton, N.H.; (603) 654-3456; www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com. In honor of the upcoming 50th anniversary of the lunar landing, a grand sci-fi adventure epic about the first rocket ship to the moon. The rarely-screened final silent feature from German filmmaker Fritz Lang (director of 'Metropolis'), 'Woman in the Moon' laid the groundwork for all of the great outer space movie tales to come, complete with melodramatic plot and eye-popping visuals. Pondering a vision of the future as imagined by one of yesterday's great moviemakers. Part of our "Summer Silent Sci-Fi" series. 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, July 13, 2019, 7 p.m.: "Woman in the Moon" (1929) directed by Fritz Lang; Brandon Town Hall and Community Center, Main Street/Route 7, Brandon, Vt.; http://www.brandontownhall.org. In honor of the 50th anniversary of the lunar landing, a grand sci-fi adventure epic about the first rocket ship to the moon. The rarely-screened final silent feature from German filmmaker Fritz Lang (director of 'Metropolis'), 'Woman in the Moon' laid the groundwork for all of the great outer space movie tales to come, complete with melodramatic plot and eye-popping visuals. Ponder a vision of the future as imagined by one of yesterday's great moviemakers. 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.

• Thursday, July 25, 2019, 7 p.m.: "The General" starring Buster Keaton; Camp Betsey Cox, Pittsford, Vt. Annual "Community Thank You" event features 'The General' (1927) Buster's Civil War-era masterpiece. Follow the exploits of a Confederate railroad engineer whose train is hijacked by Northern spies, forcing him to go behind enemy lines alone to retrieve his locomotive as well as the woman he loves. Classic visual comedy with Keaton at the peak of his creative powers. Free to the community; more info as it becomes available.

• Sunday, July 28, 2019, 4:30 p.m.: "Spies" (1928) directed by Fritz Lang; Wilton Town Hall Theatre, Main Street, Wilton, N.H.; (603) 654-3456; www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com. Director Fritz Lang's tale of espionage was the forerunner of all movie spy sagas, packed with double agents, hi-tech gadgets, beautiful (and dangerous) women, and an evil genius with a plan to take over the world, mwah-ha-ha-ha! Part of our "Summer Silent Sci-Fi" series. 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, Aug. 1 through Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019: The Western New York Movie Expo and Memorabilia Show, Adams Mark Hotel in downtown Buffalo, N.Y. Four-day successor to Cinefest, annual vintage film festival in Syracuse, N.Y. that ended in 2015. Titles in screening room to be announced.

• Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019, 7 p.m.: "Our Hospitality" (1923) starring Buster Keaton; Brandon Town Hall and Community Center, Main Street/Route 7, Brandon, Vt.; http://www.brandontownhall.org. Classic comedy/drama about a long-running family feud starring Buster Keaton, his real-life wife Natalie Talmadge, and with roles for Buster's father and infant son. Filled with great gags and a timeless story that culminates in a dramatic river rescue where Buster almost lost his life for real! 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.

• Saturday, Aug. 17, 2018, 7 p.m.: "The Last Command" directed by Josef von Sternberg; starring Emil Jannings, Evelyn Brent, and William Powell. Ludlow Auditorium, Ludlow, Vt. Intense drama about a former high-ranking military officer in Czarist Russia now reduced to playing extra in 1920s Hollywood. Towering performance in the lead role helped Emil Jannings win 'Best Actor' at the first-ever Academy Awards. Transcends the usual cliches of romantic drama to explore the nature of power as well as the unreality of the nascent movie business itself. The result: a timeless mediation on life, love, and loss that transcends its era. Silent film with live music in the lovingly restored Ludlow Auditorium in Ludlow Town Hall, 37 Depot St., Ludlow, Vt.

• Sunday, Aug. 25, 2019, 4:30 p.m.: "Metropolis" (1927) directed by Fritz Lang; Wilton Town Hall Theatre, Main Street, Wilton, N.H.; (603) 654-3456; www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com. Director Fritz Lang's amazing epic about a futuristic society where an educated elite enjoys life in a glittering city, all supported by colonies of workers forced to live deep underground. A film that set new standards for visual design and changed movies forever! Part of our "Summer Silent Sci-Fi" series. 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, Sept. 14, 2019, 7 p.m.: "The Beloved Rogue" (1926) starring John Barrymore; Brandon Town Hall and Community Center, Main Street/Route 7, Brandon, Vt.; http://www.brandontownhall.org. Epic costume adventure based on the life of the 15th century French poet, François Villon. Wrongly banished from the Royal Court and sentenced to death, can the patriotic poet save France from an evil plot and while he's at it, win the hand of his noble beloved? 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. 29, 2019, 4:30 p.m.: "To Be Announced"; Wilton Town Hall Theatre, Main Street, Wilton, N.H.; (603) 654-3456; www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com. 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, Oct. 11, 2019, 7:30 p.m., "The Cat and the Canary" (1927) directed by Paul Leni, starring Laura LaPlante. Draper Room at the Center at Eastman, 1 Clubhouse Lane, Grantham, N.H. Can a group of strangers survive the night in a haunted house to learn the secret of a madman's will? Find out in the original Gothic thriller from silent film director Paul Leni. Just in time for Halloween, a movie filled with deep shadows, dark secrets, and a surprisingly timeless mix of humor and horror that will keep you guessing. Remember: in silent film, no one can hear you scream! Admission free and program open to the public.

• Friday, Oct. 18, 2019, 7 p.m.: "Faust" (1926), directed by F.W. Murnau; Brandon Town Hall and Community Center, Main Street/Route 7, Brandon, Vt.; http://www.brandontownhall.org. Emil Jannings stars in F.W. Murnau's terrifying version of the classic tale. A visual tour de force, full of creepy characters and frightening images. Our annual 'Chiller Theatre' presentation for Halloween! 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. 20, 2019, 4 p.m.: "The Phantom of the Opera" (1925) starring Lon Chaney; The Center for Arts in Natick, 14 Summer St., Natick, Mass.; (508) 647-0097; http://www.natickarts.org/. Celebrate Halloween with one of the all-time classics. Long before Andrew Lloyd Webber created the hit stage musical, this silent film adaptation starring Lon Chaney helped place 'Phantom' firmly in the pantheon of both horror and romance. Silent film with live music in a renovated firehouse that's now a terrific arts center. Tickets $12, members $10.

• Sunday, Oct. 27, 2019, 4:30 p.m.: "To Be Announced"; Wilton Town Hall Theatre, Main Street, Wilton, N.H.; (603) 654-3456; www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com. 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, Nov. 24, 2019, 4:30 p.m.: "To Be Announced"; Wilton Town Hall Theatre, Main Street, Wilton, N.H.; (603) 654-3456; www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com. 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, Dec. 15, 2019, 4 p.m.: "Metropolis" (1927); The Center for Arts in Natick, 14 Summer St., Natick, Mass.; (508) 647-0097; http://www.natickarts.org/. German director Fritz Lang's amazing epic about a futuristic society where an educated elite enjoys life in a glittering city, all supported by colonies of workers forced to live deep underground. A film that set new standards for visual design and changed movies forever! Silent film with live music in a renovated firehouse that's now a terrific arts center. Tickets $12, members $10.

• Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019, 4:30 p.m.: "To Be Announced"; Wilton Town Hall Theatre, Main Street, Wilton, N.H.; (603) 654-3456; www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com. 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.