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Call Wed. Jan 11 for Nethercutt Tickets

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For tick­ets to the Feb­ru­ary Nether­cutt Show you must

CALL WED. JAN. 11
4 – 6 PM*
818 – 364-6464

*The best chance of obtain­ing tick­ets is to call start­ing at 4pm. You will prob­a­bly get a busy sig­nal. Just keep call­ing, then fol­low prompts. This is for the fol­low­ing event only:

Nether­cutt Valen­ti­nes Silent Come­dies Show
Fri­day, Feb­ru­ary 10, 2017 at 8 PM
Sat­ur­day, Feb­ru­ary 11, 2017 at 2 PM & 8PM
Nether­cutt Muse­um
Syl­mar, Cal­i­for­nia

☏  FOLLOW CALLING INSTRUCTIONS HERE  ☏

Admis­sion is free, but tick­ets must be obtained in advance, only on Wednes­day, Jan­u­ary 11, 2017.
Address and oth­er infor­ma­tion is also at the link above.


For more enter­tain­ment and enlight­en­ment, join us in March, June and Novem­ber for

An EDWARDIAN EVENING of ENTERTAINMENT

Edwardian Evening of Entertainment

PURCHASE TICKETS HERE

Vis­it Mr. Wilkes’ web­site here.

Early to Bed Tent (Laurel & Hardy) Dec. 10, 2016 — Farewell Show

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Sad­ly, this will be the final meet­ing of the Ear­ly To Bed Tent as the orga­niz­ers John and Janet Duff are plan­ning on mov­ing from the area. So let’s send them off with a BANG (and lots of oth­er sound effects)!


Early to Bed TentThe final meet­ing of the year, and FOREVER, for the Ear­ly To Bed Tent (Oasis #239) will take place on Sat­ur­day evening, Decem­ber 10th.

This spe­cial gath­er­ing is our 14th and last annu­al “Silent Night” pre­sent­ing rarely seen silent short come­dies.  For obvi­ous rea­sons Lau­rel & Hardy will dom­i­nate the evening’s film pro­gram but there will be oth­er silent come­di­ans rep­re­sent­ed as well.

The show will take place at the Ear­ly To Bed tent of the Lau­rel & Hardy fan club “Sons Of The Desert”  in Tem­ple City, Cal­i­for­nia.

Joe Rin­au­do will be pro­ject­ing the­se mem­o­rable films on his clas­sic hand-crank 1909 Pow­ers Mod­el 6 Cam­er­a­graph.

The great Dean Mora will be pro­vid­ing musi­cal accom­pa­ni­ment to the silent movies.

Loca­tion:
West­min­ster Pres­by­te­ri­an Church
9642 East Live Oak Avenue
Tem­ple City, Cal­i­for­nia

Time:
Doors open at 5:15 PM for social­iz­ing
Show begins at 6:00 PM, ends around 10:00 PM
There will be snacks and drinks avail­able for pur­chase.

Dona­tion:
$6 Adults
$3 Chil­dren
$4.50 Senior Cit­i­zen

Direc­tions and more about this event.

For more infor­ma­tion about the
Sons of the Desert
Ear­ly to Bed Tent
Oasis #239:
www.earlytobedtent.com

Evening of Classic Silent Comedies
June 4, 2016

Our last show was a tremendous success. Read about it hereDon’t miss this one!

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FAMOUS PLAYERS ORCHESTRA
Presents an Evening of

Classic Comedies

Hand-Cranked Clas­sic Silent Film Come­dies
With Live Musi­cal Accom­pa­ni­ment

Sat­ur­day, June 4, 2016
7:00 pm

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PROGRAM INCLUDESJune_04 film strip

LAUREL and HARDY
CHARLIE CHAPLIN
MACK SENNETT
CHARLEY CHASE
and Sur­pris­es!

Hand-cranked 35 mil­lime­ter film pro­ject­ed by Joe Rin­au­do on an orig­i­nal Power’s 1909 Cam­er­a­graph Mod­el 6 Motion Pic­ture Machine.
Live musi­cal accom­pa­ni­ment fea­tur­ing Scott Lasky on piano.

Date:
Sat­ur­day, June 4, 2016
Doors open at 6:15 pm
Show starts at 7:00 pm

Loca­tion: 
Christ Luther­an Church
2400 W. Bur­bank Blvd.
Bur­bank, CA 91506
(South­east cor­ner of Bur­bank Bl. & Bue­na Vis­ta St.)

Admis­sion is $10.00 (sug­gest­ed dona­tion)

Tick­ets will go on sale at the door approx­i­mate­ly one hour before show­time, or you may buy them in advance secure­ly online here:button_buy_tickets1

This time we will be hold­ing our event upstairs in the more spa­cious church audi­to­ri­um. Show will run approx. 125 min­utes inclu­sive of a short inter­mis­sion. Con­ces­sions for sale.

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Famous Players Orchestra performs and records the original historic cinematic music used by movie theater orchestras during the silent film era.
All proceeds to benefit Famous Players Orchestra, a 501©3 non profit organization. Please visit our website at:

www.fporchestra.org.

Thank you for your sup­port. Enjoy the show!

Fresh Young Audience Loves Funny Old Films

The Dancing PigOur event was something like this (with Dean Mora, not Mildred Smith, at the piano).

It was just amaz­ing!
We had nev­er had an audi­ence like that before.”

On a recent Sat­ur­day evening, Scott Lasky, founder of Famous Play­ers Orches­tra, host­ed an itin­er­ant show billed as

CLASSIC SILENT COMEDIES
Hand-Cranked 35mm Film on

Orig­i­nal Power’s 1909 Cam­er­a­graph Mod­el 6 
Motion Pic­ture Machine
with Live Musi­cal Accom­pa­ni­ment

The March 5, 2016 event was held at the Christ Luther­an Church in Bur­bank, Cal­i­for­nia. Admis­sion was $10 for a 2-hour show with inter­mis­sion (pro­gram list­ed below).

I, Joe Rin­au­do, cranked the pro­jec­tor and Dean Mora played the piano. Gary Gib­son changed the glass slides dur­ing inter­mis­sion. And the audi­ence blew us all away!

Same old show, brand new audience

I’ve done over some 200 shows and, for the first time, hav­ing adver­tised on Face­book thanks to Scott Lasky, we got a young, effer­ves­cent, 30-some­thing crowd in there. From the very begin­ning there was an elec­tric­i­ty in the air. They were laugh­ing and talk­ing and buy­ing hot dogs and pop­corn and look­ing around and talk­ing to every­body and inspect­ing the pro­jec­tor. It wasn’t the same audi­ence that we usu­al­ly get, which is most­ly elder­ly and rather qui­et. (They don’t laugh or talk very much, as they are famil­iar with this for­mat as well as the films.) This was a young, new crowd and a new expe­ri­ence for them — and they even induced the “reg­u­lars” to laugh and enjoy the show even more.

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When we start­ed the first film, The Danc­ing Pig (fea­tur­ing the ever-pop­u­lar but always slight­ly dis­turbing danc­ing pig), brought forth gales of laugh­ter and howl­ing and cheer­ing — and shock — from the audi­ence. The respon­se just kept grow­ing and grow­ing, and by the time we got to The Gro­cery Clerk, which is one of Lar­ry Semon’s mas­ter­pieces, it brought the house down. We had peo­ple laugh­ing hys­ter­i­cal­ly. They were boo­ing the vil­lain, cheer­ing the hero­ine, and shout­ing and laugh­ing.

The audience saw a “moving picture” for the first time

It struck me that this is what the reac­tion would have been like for a 1920 audi­ence see­ing this film for the first time. Many of the­se peo­ple not only had nev­er seen a silent film before, but they have nev­er seen a show like this with live musi­cal accom­pa­ni­ment and a hand-cranked pro­jec­tor doing the whole show for them. So it was a total over­load, I think, of their sens­es. It absolute­ly floored me because their reac­tion was so pos­i­tive and so upbeat. They were catch­ing every lit­tle nuance in the film and every lit­tle gag was get­ting laughed at. It was just amaz­ing. We had nev­er had an audi­ence like that before.

Not only was the film enter­tain­ing, many peo­ple want­ed pic­tures of the pro­jec­tor and with me and with Dean and Gary. We were pos­ing in peri­od cos­tume with the pro­jec­tor and they were film­ing it with their cam­era phones and such.


Don’t miss the next show!
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to the Silent Cin­e­ma Soci­ety News­reel.


It was a very inter­est­ing evening and every­thing went all very well. It end­ed on a big bang with Buster Keaton in Cops and we got a huge cheer and an ova­tion at the end. It was just a won­der­ful time.

Epiphany

I had a moment of clar­i­ty at that show, a life-chang­ing moment, where sud­den­ly I saw the rea­son for doing what I’m doing:

I’m bring­ing some­thing to the­se peo­ple that they had nev­er seen before and that tru­ly enter­tained them — as if it was an audi­ence that was see­ing “mov­ing pic­tures” for the first time. Because it actu­al­ly was! It wasn’t a mod­ern film in col­or and in dig­i­tal tech­nol­o­gy in 3D; it was a flat screen black and white image from a hun­dred years ago.

The audi­ence was also amazed that we were doing all the work by hand — I’m crank­ing the pro­jec­tor, Gary’s chang­ing the slides and Dean is play­ing the piano. They lis­tened atten­tive­ly as I explained the role of the itin­er­ant pro­jec­tion­ist trav­el­ing from town to town, set­ting up a show in a hall or church base­ment, and draw­ing audi­ences through advance telegraphed announce­ments.

This show renewed my faith in human­i­ty. The won­der­ful young audi­ence is hun­gry for this type of enter­tain­ment.

I real­ized in this one show that what I’m doing is right, that it does make a dif­fer­ence.

Facebook: the new telegraph

Adver­tis­ing on Face­book was a whole new dynam­ic for us. It spread the word and drew the audi­ence, a fresh and curi­ous audi­ence who real­ly didn’t know what to expect, much the same as the telegraph and hand­bills would have spread the word 100 years ago.

Through our new “telegraph” called social media, and your help in spread­ing the word, we’ll intro­duce this 100-year-old form of enter­tain­ment to a young, new gen­er­a­tion of audi­ences who are atten­tive, curi­ous and amazed. After all, you can’t hand-crank an iPhone.

PROGRAM
The Dancing Pig” (1907) Pathe
“The Acrobatic Fly” (1910) Comet Films
“It’s a Gift” (1923) Starring Snub Pollard
“The Rink” (1916) Starring Charlie Chaplin
“The Grocery Clerk” (1920) Starring Larry Semon
“Cops” (1922) Starring Buster Keaton


Don’t miss the next show!
SUBSCRIBE HERE
to the Silent Cin­e­ma Soci­ety News­reel.

The End

 

Evening of Classic Silent Comedies
Mar. 5, 2016

This show was a tremendous success…

proving our passion and efforts to preserve Silent Cinema are fully worthwhile. The audience of no less than 100 were primarily 30- and 40-year-old “kids” who laughed and applauded as if seeing a moving picture for the first time. Many of them were, in fact…as black-and-white and silent, except for Dean Mora’s live piano score.


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FAMOUS PLAYERS ORCHESTRA

Presents an Evening of

Classic Comedies

Hand-Cranked Clas­sic Silent Film Come­dies
With Live Musi­cal Accom­pa­ni­ment

Sat­ur­day March 5th, 2016
7:00 pm

DOWNLOAD PRINT-FRIENDLY FLYER


35 mil­lime­ter film pro­ject­ed by Joe Rin­au­do on an orig­i­nal hand-cranked Power’s 1909 Cam­er­a­graph Mod­el 6 Motion Pic­ture Machine.
Live musi­cal accom­pa­ni­ment fea­tur­ing Dean Mora on piano.

Pro­gram Includes:
“The Danc­ing Pig” (1907) Pathe
“The Acro­bat­ic Fly” (1910) Comet Films
“It’s a Gift” (1923) Star­ring Snub Pol­lard
“The Rink” (1916) Star­ring Char­lie Chap­lin
“The Gro­cery Clerk” (1920) Star­ring Lar­ry Semon
“Cops” (1922) Star­ring Buster Keaton

Date:
Sat­ur­day, March 5th, 2016
Doors open at 6:15 pm
Show starts at 7:00 pm

Loca­tion: 
Christ Luther­an Church
2400 W. Bur­bank Blvd.
Bur­bank, CA 91506
(South­east cor­ner of Bur­bank Bl. & Bue­na Vis­ta St.)

Admis­sion is $10.00 (sug­gest­ed dona­tion)

Show will run approx. 125 min­utes with a short inter­mis­sion. Con­ces­sions for sale.

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All proceeds to benefit Famous Players Orchestra, a 501©3 non profit organization, whose mission is dedicated to performing and recording the historic film music used by movie theater orchestras during the silent era.  Please visit our website at:

www.fporchestra.org.

Thank you for your sup­port. Enjoy the show!