Monday, July 15, 2013

Louise Brooks booksigning at San Francisco Silent Film Festival

Thomas Gladysz, the director of the Louise Brooks Society, will be signing copies of his "Louise Brooks edition" of The Diary of a Lost Girl (PandorasBox Press) at the historic Castro Theater in San Francisco on Thursday, July 18th. Gladysz is one of three taking part in this special Louise Brooks themed book signing, which is set to start around 9:00 pm, following the screening of the recently restored 1930 Louise Brooks' film, Prix de Beaute, the opening film of the 18th annual San Francisco Silent Film Festival. Admission to this book signing is by Festival ticket.

The Festival will screen the silent version of Prix de Beaute, which was  restored in 2012 by the Cineteca di Bologna in Italy. The film's running time is given as approximately 108 minutes. Accompanying the July 18th screening is British musician Stephen Horne.

Also signing is the celebrated legendary cartoonist and comix artist Kim Deitch, whose new book, The Amazing, Enlightening And Absolutely True Adventures of Katherine Whale (Fantagraphics) includes a silent film storyline. Little known is the fact that Deitch's father, the Academy Award winning animator Gene Deitch, once met Louise Brooks. Kim himself almost did! Attend this special event to find out the story.


Also signing on this Louise Brooks themed triple bill is the Emmy nominated filmmaker Hugh Munro Neely, whose documentary Louise Brooks: Looking for Lulu is widely acclaimed and much loved by silent film fans far and wide. Produced in 1998 for Turner Classic Movies, this documentary is nearly as exceptional as its subject and just as fascinating.The narration for this must see film was scripted by Barry Paris.

Additional information about this upcoming event can be found on the San Francisco Chronicle / SFGate website at http://events.sfgate.com/san_francisco_ca/events/show/337239983-louise-brooks-booksigning-at-silent-film-festival.


Excitement is building, and word has been getting around. Here are listings for this signing on SF Station and SanFrancisco.com, as well as on the Lodi News Sentinel and the Riverside Press Democrat (in Southern California).

UPDATE: Listings have also shown up in the Vacaville Reporter and Sacramento Bee and even in the Akron Beacon-Journal (Ohio) and Charlotte Observer (North Carolina).

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