Sights and Sounds: Silent Films + New Music

It's the time of year for the Sound of Silent Film, the annual screening of contemporary silent films with new music put on by ACM (formerly Accessible Contemporary Music, now Access Contemporary Music).

As it turns out, people have been making silent films even since the advent of talkies. Some on the program this year come from the 60s, but many are much more recent. Some are serious, some are disturbing, and at least one, it seems, is downright campy: a silent horror movie. A mixed bag, for sure.
To fill the aural void, ACM has charged local composers with writing original scores, styles ranging from Jazz and Rock to more Classical and atonal. 
I've been to several previous incarnations, which have varied wildly in quality, but this year looks promising with several big-name directors - Martin Scorcese, Gus Van Sant - along with a campy horror spoof by local filmmaker Brian Kallies.
If you go on Friday, you'll see me there. I'll be the guy with the glasses. I'll write a review on Saturday; check Twitter for my initial reaction.
Chopin Theater 1543 W Division (Blue Line: Division)
Friday April 1, 9pm
Saturday April 2, 9pm
Sunday April 3, 3pm

Sound of Silent Film Festival from Access Contemporary Music on Vimeo.

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