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Oct. 29, 2021

"Live" on Fri., Oct. 29, 2021
24th Annual

Silents in the Cathedral

This free event is sponsored by
The Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library

with the cooperation of the
Kansas Silent Film Festival, Inc.

Grace Cathedral, 701 SW 8th St., Topeka, KS
Start Time: 7 PM Georges Méliès directed Shimsical Illusions

Music by
Dr. Marvin Faulwell,
played on the Cathedral organ

with Bob Keckeisen,

Together they will be playing a dazzling new music score for this feature, "live" at the Cathedral.

The Crazy RayIntroductions by
Denise Morrison,
Film Historian

Short Subjects:

Whimsical Illusions (1909)
film magic, directed by Georges Méliès
(5 minutes)

Innocent HusbandsThe Crazy Ray (1922)
surreal Sci-Fi, directed by René Clair 
(19 minutes)

Innocent Husbands
(1925) comedy starring Charley Chase
(24 minutes)

There will be a brief intermission between the shorts and the feature presentation. Popcorn and bottled water will be sold as a fundraiserThe Bells, lovers
for the Cathedral Youth Group


The Bells (1926)
starring Lionel Barrymore / Boris Karloff / Caroline Frances Cooke
directed by James Young and
inspired by the poem by Edgar Allen Poe
(68 minutes/color tinted & toned)


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Set-up & Rehursals on Fri.
Grace Cathedral with electronic event signMarvin Faulwell practices on cathedral organ and Bob Keckeisen provides percussion accompanimentInside the cathedral in afternoon lighting, west side

Inside the cathedral in afternoon lighting, east side
Staff tapes down power cord to VHS movie projector, AStaff, including Bill Shaffer, Brian Sanders, Nancy Lawrence and Melanie Lawrence, taped down a power cord leading to our VHS movie projector, BGrace Cathedral bathed in late afternoon sun

Welcome & Introductions

Welcome from Grace Cathedral's Kathy SmithWelcome from Stephen Ferrell from Topeka and Shawnee County Public LibraryFilm historian Denise Morrison introduced 3 short subjects and the feature film for 2021, The BellsThe facility required social distancing and face masks
Brian Sanders and Zrandra Myrick helped sell bottled water to support Grace Catheral
Marvin Faulwell and Bob Keckeisen play the event's overture
Marvin & Bob take a bow after performing the event's overture
We were pleased with good attentance for our event despite pandemic restrictions
Ovation & Chats
Bob & Marvin get a finishing ovationAttendees chat with musicians at the end of this 2021 live event

Our 24th Annual event had estimated attendance of about 300...with social distancing and mask-wearing required in this second year of Covid-19 pandemic...
our first live event since Feb. 2020.
Our thanks to all who attended!

Photos of our 2021 event are by Carol Yoho