Friday, June 2, 2006

Author events at SF Silent Film Fest

Along with a great line-up of films, the annual San Francisco Silent Film Festival includes a big list of authors who will be meeting with the public and signing books between films throughout the course of the weekend festival. These book signings are a great way for fans and silent film buffs to meet the writers, critics, biographers and film historians who are helping to keep silent film alive. This year's line-up is certainly one of the best yet in the 11-year history of the festival! 

The Booksmith - ­ San Francisco's leading independent bookstore and a longtime supporter of the festival, ­ will be on hand hosting the signings and selling books, including many new releases! 
The booktable is located in the Castro Theater lobby. Admission is by festival ticket. Here is the author line-up (subject to change)

HARRY CAREY, JR. following Bucking Broadway
signing Company of Heroes: My Life as an Actor in the John Ford Stock Company
-- Harry Carey, Jr. has appeared in more than 100 movies and television shows. The son of actress Olive Carey and silent film star Harry Carey, the younger Carey entered films after World War II when he was given a chance to work with his father in Red River (1948). After his father's death, director John Ford gave Carey Jr. a leading role in the film Ford dedicated to Carey Sr., 3 Godfathers (1948). As a full-fledged member of the John Ford Stock Company, Carey Jr. appeared in many of Ford's greatest Westerns - including a number with John Wayne. He also starred in a TV series-within-a-series, The Adventures of Spin and Marty, which aired as part of The Mickey Mouse Club.

JOSEPH McBRIDE following Bucking Broadway
signing Searching for John Ford
-- Joseph McBride is a film historian and critic whose numerous books include Hawks on HawksFilmmakers on Filmmaking and Frank Capra: The Catastrophe of Success. A former reporter for Daily Variety, he is currently an Assistant Professor in the Cinema Department at San Francisco State University. October will see the publication of his new book Whatever Happened to Orson Welles?

JACK TILLMANY following Au bonheurs des dames
signing Theaters of San Francisco
-- Jack Tillmany's Theaters of San Francisco is based on his personal archive collected during a 30-year career in cinema management. He is the former owner of the Gateway Cinema in San Francisco and a revival programming pioneer.

JIM VAN BUSKIRK following Au bonheurs des dames
signing Celluloid San Francisco: The Film Lover's Guide to Bay Area Movie Locations
-- Jim Van Buskirk is a librarian at the San Francisco Public Library. He is the coauthor of Gay by the Bay: A History of Queer Cultures in the San Francisco Bay Area, and has written articles for a wide range of publications.

CARI BEAUCHAMP following Sparrows
signing Adventures of a Hollywood Secretary
-- Cari Beauchamp is the author of Without Lying Down: Frances Marion and the Powerful Women of Early Hollywood, editor of Anita Loos Rediscovered: Film Treatments and Fiction by Anita Loos, and coauthor of Hollywood on the Riviera. She is also an Emmy nominated documentary film writer.

WENDY L. MARSHALL following Sparrows
signing William Beaudine: From Silents to Television
-- In her detailed biography, author Wendy L. Marshall ( the granddaughter of William Beaudine) chronicles the director's rise through the ranks (he started as an assistant to D.W Griffith), his many triumphs (SparrowsLittle Annie Rooney), his fall from fame and his prolific work in television. As a child extra, Marshall watched Beaudine direct the television show Lassieand a number of films for Walt Disney. William Beaudine: From Silents to Television was named one of the best books of 2005 by Classic Images.

BRUCE CONNER following Pandora's Box
signing 2000 BC The Bruce Conner Story
-- Bruce Conner grew up in Wichita, Kansas - where he almost encountered Louise Brooks. In the late 1950s, he began making short movies which established him as one of the seminal figures in independent, avant-garde film-making. Conner's first film A Movie (1958), a visual collage created from bits of B-movies, newsreels and other footage, has been listed on the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress. His assemblages, drawings, photographs and collages have been exhibited around the world.
BILL CASSARA following Laurel and Hardy program
signing Edgar Kennedy: Master of the Slow Burn
-- Bill Cassara founded The Midnight Patrol chapter of the Sons of the Desert, the Laurel and Hardy appreciation society. He has also served on the board of the Monterey County Film Commission. Edgar Kennedy: Master of the Slow Burn is his first book.

SCOTT O'BRIEN following Laurel and Hardy program
signing Kay Francis: I Can't Wait to Be Forgotten
-- Scott O'Brien is a lifelong film buff whose interest in Kay Francis began in 1973. He has made use of his Masters in Library Science degree by writing articles for film publications and guest lecturing. Last year, he introduced two Kay Francis films at the Danger and Despair Noir Festival in San Francisco.

DAVID WALLACE following The Girl with the Hatbox
signing Dream Palaces of Hollywood's Golden Age
-- David Wallace is the author of Lost Hollywood and its equally popular follow-up Hollywoodland. His most recent book is Exiles in Hollywood, which tells the story of European artists and actors in Los Angeles of the `30s and `40s. Wallace has been hailed by columnist Liz Smith as "the maestro of entertainment history."

JOHN BENGTSON following The Unholy Three
signing Silent Traces: Discovering Early Hollywood through the Films of Charlie Chaplin
-- John Bengtson is a Bay Area business lawyer and film historian, and also the author of the widely acclaimed Silent Echoes: Discovering Early Hollywood Through the Films of Buster Keaton.

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