Voices of Light & The Passion of Joan of Arc

Last night, I enjoyed the greatest film/live music experience of my 40+ years as a silent film aficionado. The film was Carl Theodor Dreyer's The Passion of Joan of Arc. The music was Richard Einhorn's Voices of Light, "An Oratorio with Silent Film." Mark Sumner conducted the 22-piece orchestra and approximately 180 singers from multiple … Continue reading Voices of Light & The Passion of Joan of Arc

What’s Screening: April 23 – 29

The San Francisco International Film Festival continues through this week at various locations. My festival-related blurbs are at the bottom of the newsletter. I’m also devoting a special section to the Castro’s Stanley Kubrick section. Roots of Animation, Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum, Saturday night, 7:30. This collection of silent cartoons starts with a short … Continue reading What’s Screening: April 23 – 29

Around the Bay and My Personal Appearance

A small film I’ve been championing for over a year, Alejandro Adams' Around the Bay, comes to the Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum this Friday night (June 12). This low-key drama never got a theatrical release, and isn’t available on Netflix. You don’t get many chances to see it. You can read my original review. … Continue reading Around the Bay and My Personal Appearance