When Joe Rinaudo restored his Model 20 Fotoplayer over three decades ago, he never intended to play classic rock & roll on it. But the people of YouTube made sure he did. Here is one of the cleverist, perfectly timed dubs you’ll ever see and hear and LOL to. (Don’t be fooled — this is not the Huell Howser segment you saw on TV.)
Here’s a poster series for anyone who is in tune with ampersands, brand names with ampersands, or Guns & Roses with an ampersand instead of their official n’ (which should really be ‘n’). AmperArt is created by Chaz DeSimone, who also restores title cards for Joe’s silent films.
This documentary explores the use of orchestras, bands, sound effects artists, piano players & organists during the Silent Film Era (1895 – 1927).
Dr. Paul Monaco
Produced by Chapman University as a graduate film project Jeff Callaway &Craig D. Forrest, co-directors Aaron Burns & Ben Bateman, editors Special thanks to David Shepherd (film historian), Michael Kowalski (advisor) & the late David Garcia (advisor)
Awards: Voted Best Short Documentary @ Oxford Int’l Film Fest (2007) Best Student Short Documentary @ Family Film Fest (2008) Best Student Short Documentary @ Hollywood Int’l Student Film Fest (2007) Official Selection: Whittier Film Fest (2008), Scene First Student Film Fest (2006), Charleston Film Fest (2008), Reynolda Film Fest (2009).
Of Special Interest:
Famous Players Orchestra
Famous Players Orchestra performs and records historic cinematic music used by movie theater orchestras during the silent film era. Listen to samples and learn about the organization here: