Sat. June 10: “Golden Age of Silent Comedy” with Live Orchestra

Charles Chaplin

Famous Play­ers Orches­tra
presents:
The Gold­en Age of Silent Com­e­dy”
Sat­ur­day, June 10th, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.

Join us Sat­ur­day, June 10th, 2017 as we present “The Gold­en Age of Silent Com­e­dy”, a screen­ing of four clas­sic come­dies from the silent era. Includ­ed on the pro­gram will be:

Why Pick on Me? (1918) star­ring Harold Lloyd, Bebe Daniels and Snub Pol­lard
Pay Day (1922) star­ring Charles Chap­lin
A Pair of Tights (1929) star­ring Mar­i­on Byron, Ani­ta Garv­in and Edgar Kennedy
The Show (1922) star­ring Lar­ry Semon and Oliv­er Hardy

The films will be accom­pa­nied by a peri­od musi­cal score per­formed live by The Famous Play­ers Orches­tra under the direc­tion of Scott Lasky. Joe Rin­au­do will project 35mm film on an orig­i­nal hand-cranked Power’s 1909 Cam­er­a­gragh Mod­el 6 Motion Pic­ture Machine. Your Mas­ter of Cer­e­monies will be film his­to­ri­an Stan Taffel.

Show­time is 7:30pm. Doors open at 6:45pm. Pro­gram will include a 30 min­ute inter­mis­sion and raf­fle with prizes. Con­ces­sions will be avail­able.

Admis­sion is $15. Tick­ets may be pur­chased at the door begin­ning approx­i­mate­ly one hour before show­time, or in advance online here:

Order Tickets Here

The venue is: Christ Luther­an Church, 2400 West Bur­bank Blvd, Bur­bank, CA 91505. It is locat­ed on the south­east cor­ner of Bur­bank Blvd and Bue­na Vis­ta St, direct­ly behind the Dunn Edwards paint store, and right in the heart of beau­ti­ful down­town Bur­bank.

Thank you to every­one for attend­ing our past shows and for your con­tin­ued sup­port! It is so great­ly appre­ci­at­ed!

Here is a video high­light from our March 11th, 2017 show,
Steam­boat Bill Jr (1928) Final Scene — Live Orches­tra:

Here is How You Can Sup­port Our New CD Record­ing Project:

Our New CD, “Music of the Silent Cin­e­ma” is slat­ed for release in Novem­ber 2017.

We need your sup­port to make this won­der­ful record­ing project pos­si­ble! All orders post­marked before Octo­ber 31st, 2017 will receive free ship­ping and the CD auto­graphed by FPO’s Musi­cal Direc­tor Scott Lasky. Your pre-order dona­tion of $25 will go a long way toward help­ing us cov­er our pro­duc­tion costs. Please spec­i­fy “CD” when donat­ing through the Pay­Pal link below. Thank you!


Famous Play­ers Orches­tra per­forms and records the orig­i­nal his­toric film music used by movie the­ater orches­tras dur­ing the silent film era.
All pro­ceeds to ben­e­fit Famous Play­ers Orches­tra, a 501©3 non­prof­it orga­ni­za­tion. Please vis­it our web­site at www.fporchestra.org Thank you for your sup­port!
YOUR SUPPORT IS NEEDED!Please con­sid­er mak­ing a dona­tion to Famous Play­ers Orches­tra. Gifts in any amount are great­ly appre­ci­at­ed! Your gen­er­ous sup­port will help us to con­tin­ue our work in reviv­ing and pre­serv­ing this musi­cal trea­sure from cinema’s past. Every dol­lar we receive is uti­lized in the most effi­cient man­ner pos­si­ble toward achiev­ing our mis­sion. Famous Play­ers Orches­tra is a 501©3 non­prof­it orga­ni­za­tion and your con­tri­bu­tions are tax-deductable.
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ABOUT FAMOUS PLAYERS ORCHESTRA

In the final decades of the silent film era (1910 –1929), a new and orig­i­nal art form was bur­geon­ing. Dur­ing this peri­od, a vast and beau­ti­ful reper­toire of film music was being cre­at­ed by gift­ed com­posers who saw a great future in the new medi­um. Movie the­aters of the day com­mon­ly uti­lized orches­tras to provide film accom­pa­ni­ment for their pre­mi­um show­ings. The­se the­aters typ­i­cal­ly housed mas­sive libraries of this music, (known at the time as “pho­to­play” music) for use as film accom­pa­ni­ment. How­ev­er, the advent of “talkies” in 1929, pre­ced­ed by the Movi­etone and Vita­phone sys­tems, would even­tu­al­ly bring the demise of live film accom­pa­ni­ment. Thus, as movie the­aters con­vert­ed over to sound, the­se music libraries became obso­lete almost overnight and most of the music was dis­card­ed in the process. And since pho­to­play music was rarely record­ed, and the com­posers most­ly unknown, this impor­tant chap­ter in cin­e­ma his­to­ry was swept away into obscu­ri­ty and has remained prac­ti­cal­ly for­got­ten.

Famous Play­ers Orches­tra is a 501©3 non­prof­it orga­ni­za­tion whose char­i­ta­ble mis­sion is ded­i­cat­ed to reviv­ing and pre­serv­ing this charm­ing and long for­got­ten music through live per­for­mances and new record­ing projects. For its reper­toire, Famous Play­ers Orches­tra draws upon the orig­i­nal orches­tra­tions used by silent era movie the­ater orches­tras in its live pre­sen­ta­tions and record­ings. The ensem­ble is com­prised of pro­fes­sion­al musi­cians based in the Los Ange­les area.

Your sup­port is appre­ci­at­ed! Your gen­er­ous con­tri­bu­tions help us to con­tin­ue our work in reviv­ing and pre­serv­ing this musi­cal trea­sure from cinema’s past. Dona­tions are eas­i­ly accept­ed using pay­pal. Thank you!

Vis­it the FAMOUS PLAYERS ORCHESTRA Web­site

Packed House! Buster Keaton & Live Orchestra

Video courtesy of Stan Taffel, the evening’s Master of Ceremonies.

What hap­pens when you com­bine a live orches­tra with a silent film? A packed house! Over 300 peo­ple showed up, and we had to open up the bal­cony. There was laugh­ter, applause, and excite­ment through­out the entire show. 

As Bob Dun­can says, “An impres­sive evening in every way — the orchestra’s score was in sync with the film from begin­ning to end and def­i­nite­ly enhanced the audience’s enjoy­ment and the film print was crys­tal clear. A mem­o­rable evening that all the par­tic­i­pants can be very proud of.”

The show includ­ed a cou­ple car­toons and the pop­u­lar “Steam­boat Bill Jr.” star­ring Buster Keaton; hand-cranked on a Power’s 1909 Cam­er­a­gragh Mod­el 6 Motion Pic­ture Machine by Joe Rin­au­do; and accom­pa­nied by the Famous Play­ers Orches­tra, scored and con­duct­ed by Scott Lasky. Stan Taffel served as Mas­ter of Cer­e­monies and Shane Glan­der pro­ject­ed the glass lantern slides.

In addi­tion to the silent cin­e­ma and live orches­tra, there was a raf­fle of orig­i­nal Dis­ney art­work, hot dogs, refresh­ments, and of course pop­corn. 

Famous Players Orchestra Board of Directors

Famous Players Orchestra Board of Directors

The evening was an over­whelm­ing suc­cess. As Mr. Taffel says, “It’s an hon­or to be involved with Famous Play­ers Orches­tra and to serve on the board of direc­tors with Scott Lasky, Joe Rin­au­do, Joni Varn­er, Gary Lacher, Gary Gib­son, Paul But­ler, and Dean Mora.”

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March 11 • Live Orchestra • 1928 Buster Keaton

Steamboat Bill Jr

Join us this Sat­ur­day, March 11th, 2017 as we present Buster Keaton and Ernest Tor­rence in the 1928 silent com­e­dy clas­sic Steam­boat Bill Jr. with Live Accom­pa­ni­ment by the Famous Play­ers Orches­tra.

This is going to bean amaz­ing show and we real­ly need your help to get the word out. Please tell your friends about us. Or if you’re on Face­book, please use this link: https://www.facebook.com/events/1723288244668436/ to “share” this rare event. 

The film will be pre­sent­ed with a live peri­od musi­cal score per­formed by The Famous Play­ers Orches­tra under the direc­tion of Scott Lasky.  §  Joe Rin­au­do will project a high-def­i­n­i­tion restored 35mm film print on an orig­i­nal hand-cranked Power’s 1909 Cam­er­a­gragh Mod­el 6 Motion Pic­ture Machine. § Your Mas­ter of Cer­e­monies will be film his­to­ri­an Stan Taffel.

Show­time is 7pm. Doors open at 6:15pm. Pro­gram will include a 30 min­ute inter­mis­sion and raf­fle with prizes. Con­ces­sions will be avail­able down­stairs at the snack bar.

Admis­sion is $10. Tick­ets may be pur­chased at the door begin­ning approx­i­mate­ly one hour before show­time, or in advance online here:

Loca­tion: 
Christ Luther­an Church
2400 W. Bur­bank Blvd.
Bur­bank, CA 91506
(south­east cor­ner of Bur­bank Bl. & Bue­na Vis­ta St., direct­ly behind the Dunn-Edwards paint store)

MORE INFORMATION:
Famous Play­ers Orches­tra

David Shepard 1940 – 2017

David Shepard 1940-2017

TRIBUTE by JOE RINAUDO:

I was great­ly sad­dened by the news of the death of my friend David Shep­ard. It is a loss for his fam­i­ly, friends, film preser­va­tion and to all peo­ple, young and old alike, who love the art of film. His loss to the film com­mu­ni­ty will be felt for gen­er­a­tions yet to come.

David was not only a good friend but my men­tor, advis­er, and fel­low film col­lec­tor whose pas­sion can only be described as a “call­ing.” It is unimag­in­able to think of a world with­out a per­son such as David. I first met David when I bought a 16mm Black­hawk print from him at a film con­ven­tion in the ear­ly 1970’s.  A few years lat­er David had heard that I had a Pho­to­play­er and asked if he might use it for musi­cal accom­pa­ni­ment for one of his video releas­es.  I jumped at the chance to work with David and to be involved in film preser­va­tion — it was a dream come true!

David Shep­ard is the unsung hero who always would lend a print or do a show for free if it meant enter­tain­ing and edu­cat­ing the audi­ence at the same time. He would dri­ve great dis­tances and bring his 16mm pro­jec­tors to do the­se shows, not ask­ing for any­thing in return oth­er than the great joy the­se shows would give his audi­ences. It was this kind­ness and the want to share the film expe­ri­ence with younger audi­ences that gave me the inspi­ra­tion to do, what I call, 16mm “kid­die” shows at local pri­ma­ry schools. To hear the young chil­dren laugh at the films, of long for­got­ten and unknown come­di­ans to them, is a unique expe­ri­ence I shall nev­er soon for­get.

In 2000 I went to a friend’s house that had a 35mm hand crank pro­jec­tor. I was so fas­ci­nat­ed by the mechan­ics and the beau­ty of the 35mm image that I asked if I might crank a reel or two.  At 2:00 a.m. , after I had cranked 20,000 feet of film, they had to pull me away from the pro­jec­tor! I was hooked! I pur­chased a pro­jec­tor which I had to do a com­plete restora­tion on and found some old 35mm sound film and began doing 35mm hand crank demon­stra­tions in my dri­ve­way.

In Octo­ber of 2002 David asked me if I could do him a favor. Would I hand crank two shows at the Silent Movie The­ater with Bob Mitchell play­ing the music for the film. This would be for the 100th anniver­sary of George Melies’ Trip To The Moon! So there I was with my assis­tant Gary Gib­son dressed in full cos­tume as itin­er­ant pro­jec­tion­ists crank­ing out two silent film shows for David as he read the copy aloud for “Moon.” After the last show David said: “Keep the print of Trip To The Moon as a gift for the help you gave me.” Hell, I would have paid him for the oppor­tu­ni­ty! It was the­se two shows that gave me the inspi­ra­tion to recre­ate itin­er­ant pro­jec­tion motion pic­ture shows. David and his busi­ness part­ner Serge Bromberg (of Lob­ster Films) have always let me bor­row and helped me find and/or pur­chase 35mm silent films to be used in my shows for the edu­ca­tion of new audi­ences.

We have done some two hun­dred 35mm hand crank shows since that first one at the Silent Movie The­ater. We have appeared  at muse­ums, col­leges, schools, church­es and reg­u­lar­ly at the Nether­cutt Muse­um spread­ing the art of the silent film,  all thanks to David Shep­ard.

Serge Bromberg has the spark and pas­sion to car­ry on David’s work. Serge is a true lover of film. Serge and David have saved so much film and then have made it acces­si­ble to the pub­lic through their videos that it is a great hon­or to have been able to work with them when they have asked me.

How do you sum up a man’s life and work in a few para­graphs? I don’t think that it is pos­si­ble with David Shepard’s life. What I do think is pos­si­ble is to car­ry on his pas­sion for the art of film and to share it as much as pos­si­ble as he did so well, so it may nev­er be for­got­ten.

David, I will nev­er for­get you. I will know that when I hear young audi­ences laugh, cheer or scream with joy at a film that is being shown because of you, my heart will swell with pride for know­ing you. May GOD forever bless you.

Sin­cere­ly,
Joe Rin­au­do


Below, film archivists and his­to­ri­ans Serge Bromberg, Leonard Malt­in and Kev­in Brown­low on DAVID SHEPARD: AMERICAN FILM PRESERVATIONIST, a film trib­ute to Shep­ard on Mon­day, Novem­ber 7, 2016 at at Loew Audi­to­ri­um, Dart­mouth Col­lege:


This trib­ute appeared in The Hol­ly­wood Reporter.

The Hollywood Reporter


 

UPCOMING 2017 SHOWS

Here are sev­er­al shows through­out Los Ange­les in ear­ly 2017 fea­tur­ing the sights, sounds and his­to­ry of enter­tain­ment as expe­ri­enced a cen­tu­ry ago dur­ing the Silent Cin­e­ma era:


Jan­u­ary 26, 2017 ♦ 5:30 pm

Los Angeles In The Ragtime Era

Ragtime Era in Los Angeles

Pre­sent­ed by Galen Wilkes
Cal­abasas-Las Vir­ge­nes His­tor­i­cal Soci­ety
Cal­abasas Library, 200 Civic Cen­ter Way, Cal­abasas


Feb­ru­ary 10 and 11, 2017 ♦ 2:00 and 8:00 pm

Nethercutt

Mighty Wurlitzer at The Nethercutt Collection

For those of you who have tick­ets for the Feb­ru­ary Nether­cutt show, here is the pro­gram:

The theme will be LOVE for Valentines Day. 

The show will fea­ture:

 

Buster Keaton in “Neigh­bors”

Lar­ry Semon in “Plagues And Pup­py Love”

A very rare Edis­on Film from 1907 “The Ted­dy Bears”

 A rarely seen Charley Chase com­e­dy “There Ain’t No San­ta Claus”

 Plus a sur­prise from the Black­hawk film col­lec­tion with spe­cial thanks to Mr. David Shep­ard

Joe Rin­au­do will be assist­ed on the hand-cranked Pow­ers Cam­er­a­graph Motion Pic­ture Machine by Gary Gib­son, pro­ject­ing glass lantern slides, and Dean Mora on the mighty Wurl­itzer The­ater Organ (third largest the­ater organ in the world).

LOCATION AND EVENT DETAILS HERE

Sorry, this event is sold out. If you have your tickets, enjoy the show! If not, hope to see you next October for our annual Halloween Spooktacular at the Nethercutt.


March 11, 2017  7:00 pm

Steamboat Bill, Jr.” with
Live Orchestra
Steamboat Bill Jr

 

Fea­tur­ing a live musi­cal score per­formed by The Famous Play­ers Orches­tra under the direc­tion of Scott Lasky.

Pro­ject­ed by Joe Rin­au­do in 35mm on an orig­i­nal hand-cranked Power’s 1909 Cam­er­a­gragh Mod­el 6 Motion Pic­ture Machine. Your Mas­ter of Cer­e­monies will be Stan Taffel.

The pro­gram will include a 30 min­ute inter­mis­sion and there will also be a raf­fle with prizes. Con­ces­sions will be avail­able down­stairs at the snack bar.

Show­time:
Sat­ur­day, March 11, 2017
Doors open at 6:15 p.m.
Show starts at 7:00 p.m.

Loca­tion: 
Christ Luther­an Church
2400 W. Bur­bank Blvd.
Bur­bank, CA 91506
(south­east cor­ner of Bur­bank Bl. & Bue­na Vis­ta St., direct­ly behind the Dunn-Edwards paint store)

Admis­sion is $10.00 (sug­gest­ed dona­tion)

Tick­ets will go on sale at the door approx­i­mate­ly one hour before show­time.

You can also pur­chase tick­ets online start­ing Feb­ru­ary 1 through the Famous Play­ers Orches­tra web­site.

MORE INFORMATION:
Famous Play­ers Orches­tra


March 25, June 17, and Novem­ber 11, 2017  7:00 pm
JUNE 17 AND NOVEMBER 11 DATES CANCELLED

On three spe­cial dates through­out the year,
Galen Wilkes will present

An Edwardian Evening of Entertainment

 

Edwardian Evening of Entertainment

Enjoy a peri­od vaude­ville show, wit­ness a live record­ing of the audi­ence onto an Edis­on wax cylin­der, and expe­ri­ence oth­er fas­ci­nat­ing exam­ples of the Edwar­dian era.

Per­ry Man­sion, Her­itage Square Muse­um
3800 Homer St., High­land Park

JUNE 17 AND NOVEMBER 11 DATES CANCELLED


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