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

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Charles Chaplin


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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.


To start the evening off, Mr. Stan Taffel and Mr. Scott Lasky will take you through the process of how the orches­tra is used to make the films on the screen come alive musi­cal­ly.

For the first time ever there will be sound effects to go with the films. Mr. Gary Gib­son is the sound effects man.


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. Mr.  Lasky has cre­at­ed orig­i­nal scores using peri­od music. He has spent many, many days research­ing and compiling/creating peri­od scores for each of the four films to be screened.

Your Mas­ter of Cer­e­monies will be film his­to­ri­an Mr. Stan Taffel.

Joe Rin­au­do will project 35mm film on an orig­i­nal hand-cranked Power’s 1909 Cam­er­a­gragh Mod­el 6 Motion Pic­ture Machine, assist­ed by Mr. Gary Gib­son

Mr. Shane Glan­der will be pro­vid­ing the screen. Mr. Gary Lacher will be on hand to video doc­u­ment the evening.


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 (sug­gest­ed dona­tion). 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!


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

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.
Donat­ing through Pay­Pal is quick and easy!
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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