Wednesday, June 29, 2005

San Francisco Silent Film Festival

The annual San Francisco Silent Film Festival will take place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 8 - 10th at the historic Castro Theater.  (This is the 10th annual festival -  I've been to every one.) This year's festival includes films starring Clara Bow, John Gilbert, Harold Lloyd, Gloria Swanson and Lillian Gish (as well as San Francisco's own Lawrence Gray). There will also be rare screenings of silent films from India and Brazil, and a program of animation rarities. Every film is accompanied by live music. I would encourage everyone to attend ! It is THE outstanding silent film festival in the United States.

I will be there all three days, working the book table in the Castro lobby. (I also hope to catch a film or two!) Among the authors who will be signing books at the festival are Leatrice Fountain (daughter of silent film stars John Gilbert and Leatrice Joy and author of Dark Star, the outstanding biography of her father),Anthony Slide (the author and editor of more than 50 books whom Lillian Gish called "our preeminent historian of the silent film"), John Wranovics (author of a fascinating book - the just released Chaplin and Agee: The Untold Story of the Tramp, the Writer, and the Lost Screenplay), Wendy Marshall (author of William Beaudine: From Silents to Television), Suzanne Lloyd (granddaughter of Harold Lloyd and author of Harold Lloyd: Master Comedian), and others. The book table will be featuring lots of new releases, autographed titles, sale books and more.

Check out the festival website for further info including a complete description of programs (there are also a number of short films being presented), ticket information, etc.... And if you make it to the festival, please come say "hello."

SPECIAL OFFER: I just thought of this. Anyone who reads this blog and stops by the book table to say "hello" (there must be at least three or four of you!) will receive a FREE Louise Brooks pinback button or refrigerator magnet AND a copy of  Photoplay Edition by Emil Petaja while supplies last. Please mention you saw this offer posted in the Louise Brooks Society blog.

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