[title] 2006 Kansas Silent Film Festival, February 24 and 25, Tenth Annual

[film festival logo] Tenth Annual Kansas Silent Film Festival

Our Tenth Annual Kansas Silent Film Festival was held February 24 & 25, 2006 at White Concert Hall, Washburn University, Topeka, Kansas. Featuring films shown over the last nine years and brought back by popular demand, the festival also featured three films not shown before. Denise Morrison introduced films and movies were accompanied by Marvin Faulwell and Greg Foreman. Percussion was provided by Bob Keckeisen and Kathy Combs. Again this year the Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra traveled from Boulder, CO, to perform live musical accompaniment A tenth year anniversary reception was held on Fri. night. Special guest for 2006 was David Shepard, noted film preservationist, visiting Kansas from Los Angeles, CA.


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Friday Evening

Friday evening crowd gathers White Concert Hall Lobby 1 White Concert Hall Lobby 2 Memorabilia display was items brought by KSFF board members
John Stambaugh, a volunteer from Berryton, Kansas, assists patrons while Mary Faulwell and Jim Rhodes watch the arriving crowd. Here's some ice for your headache: Karl Mischler of New York City and Jane Bartholomew of Overland Park, Kansas Film lovers seated in White Concert Hall Marvin Faulwell escorts Denise Morrison to the stage

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Attendees and Special Guests

Involved in our festival for ten years: Denise Morrison introduces films and Marvin Faulwell accompanies films in the house organ
Special guest David Shepard, noted film preservationist
David Shepard 2
Jeff and Cherrie Helm from Blue Springs, Missouri  
KSFF founder Jim Rhodes stands between Mary and Marvin FaulwellGreg and Melodie Foreman from Independence, MissouriDoug Moore from Kansas CityDenise Morrison gives KSFF President Bill Shaffer a hug

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10-Year Anniversary Reception

Susan Berry, a Topeka volunteer helps customers while board member Phil Figgs plans making punch for our 10-year reception Moviegoers enjoy cupcakes and punch after seeing SUNRISE Friday evening Silver punch bowl sparkles among the cupcakes, plasticware and cookies Movie-goers helps celebrate with a cupcake
Barbara Lerma, a volunteer from Overbrook, Kansas, serves up some punch Frozen fruit graces punch bowl 10th anniversary cupcakes were made by Karla's Cakes of Topeka. Yum.
Karl Mischler serves up punch Marvin Faulwell serves up punch Phil Figgs adds more punch to the punchbowl Mont Alto clarinetist Brian Collins enjoys some punch

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Musical Highlights

Darcy Dennison Harwood, cello Brian Collins, clarinet Dawn Kramer, trumpet Brett Swenson, violin Rodney Sauer, piano
Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra, sans Rodney, warms up for Friday evening's performance Greg Foreman shared time at the organ and worked in duet on electronic keyboard with KSFF organist Marvin Faulwell

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Saturday Morning

Projectionist Rick Every inspects a defective splice of 16mm film from THE EAGLE. Doug Moore, Denise Morrison, John Kelso, Greg Foreman and Jane Bartholomew are all regular attendees of KSFF Long-time KSFF donor James P. Erickson from Wichita (in red) discusses his purchases with fellow attendees. John Kelso regularly attends KSFF from Wichita, Kansas
Moviegoer inspects memorabilia display in the lobby
Greg and Melodie Foreman greet friends arriving at KSFF on Saturday
Figures are silhouetted in the doorway entrance into White Concert Hall David Shepard practices cracking his whip. He portrayed Winsor Mccay in a vaudeville act with the animated Gertie the Dinosaur on Saturday evening. Karl Mischler welcomes guests to KSFF on Saturday morning
White Concert Hall Lobby, as film lovers gatherTopeka volunteer Sarah Long assists a KSFF patron with a purchase while volunteer Shayna Leahy from Highland, Kansas, observes.A young lady enjoys a cupcake as she views memorabilia on display

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Denise Morrison introduces a filmDavid Shepard discusses film preservation with the audienceDavid Shepard comments on film preservation
David Shepard comments on his restoration of the famous Robert Flaherty silent documentary NANOOK OF THE NORTH, from 1922. David autographs movie CDs for John Kelso Rodney Sauer discusses film musical score with a KSFF attendee
David Shepard
demonstrates volatility
of old nitrate film.
David Shepard lits up some nitrate film. Photo by Larry Stendebach
Denise introduces a film to be accompanied by the Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra David Shepard introduces surprise short features on Saturday evening

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More Live Music

Marvin Faulwell rehearses Mont Alto in performance Greg Foreman in performance Marvin Faulwell at the organ

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Thanks to our Volunteers:
Friday evening—John Stambaugh / Susie Berry / Barbara Lerma
Saturday morning—Yvonne Channel / Harold Benoit
Saturday afternoon—Sarah Long / Barbara Lerma / Enid Standebach / Rebecca Long
Saturday evening—Charles & Shirley Martin

Staff Help:
Lyle Waring, Facilities Manager; Rick Every, projectionist; Jane Bartholomew & Karl Mischler,
lobby table staff
; Phil Figgs, 10-year celebration reception and volunteer coordinator;
Carol Yoho
, web site manager and program designer; Bill Shaffer, event manager and fearless leader.

Rebecca Long, KU film student from Lawrence, Kansas Lyle Waring manages the concert hall for Washburn's Music Department Carol Yoho designed the KSFF logo, produced the 2006 28-page program, and manages the KSFF web site Shirley Martin from Topeka Charles Martin from Topeka
Sarah Long, volunteer from Topeka, discusses Saturday afternoon events with KSFF board members Jane Bartholomew and Phil Figgs. Another happy fan Shayna and Matt Heahy from Highland, Kansas, gave up part of their Saturday afternoon to volunteer.
Jane Bartholomew announces silent auction winners on Saturday evening David Shepard with KSFF President Bill Shaffer   Bill pauses a moment to smile for the camera

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Evening Highlights

The Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra Marvin Faulwell shares a bow with percussionist Kathy Combs after accompanying THE EAGLE on Saturday evening Marvin Faulwell plays overture
Denise Morrison introduces THE EAGLE on Saturday evening Denise, Marvin, Kathy, Rodney and Greg take a bow Washburn's president, Dr. Jerry Farley welcomes guests on Saturday evening
Guest David Shepard, Mont Alto Orchestra, Denise Morrison, and Bill Shaffer (behind in denim) onstage Saturday evening
Karl Mischler, photo by Larry Stendebach Denise Morrison with Larry and Enid Stendebach of Hannibal, Missouri Bruce Calvert of Murphy, Texas, with Larry Stendebach of Hannibal, Missouri. Photo by Enid Stendebach

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The 2006 event inspired this poem:

Present from the Past

Flickering silver screens present
their images in black and white.
Transporting us from restless present
to quiet dreams of past delights,
Where carefree comics roll and tumble
and gentle lovers bill and coo.
No Dolby sound to rock and rumble
no blatent sex, no language blue;
But graceful gifts of song and story
told in title oratory
Bring muted pleasure that will last—
a silent present from the past.

by Marilyn Schroeder, Topeka

These comments were sent to Bill Shaffer, President of the KSFF event, by individuals who attended the 2006 festival.

Thank you for allowing me to be part of the Festival. I was impressed with the organization, the talent on display, and especially with the large, enthusiastic, and surprisingly well-informed audience. I hope your energy holds out for another ten years of the Kansas Silent Film Festival.


David Shepard

Excerpt from review by Bruce Calvert, who provided many of the films used at our various annual festivals in the past. You can read Bruce's entire review online:

If you've never been to the KSFF, I can't recommend it too much. The people there are very friendly. They always have nice vintage memorabilia on display. The live music is outstanding. And it's all free. Unfortunately, I couldn't attend the after-show get-together this year, but the whole family enjoyed the festival.

A note from Jeff Rapsis, who attended from New Hampshire. Jeff is Associate Publisher, The Hippo magazine and e-zine, www.hipponashua.com.

Just a quick note to say thanks again and congratulations on another wonderful festival. Each of the films was worthy of the time and effort it takes to locate and obtain and screen. Once again, at the end of the final night's screenings, I found myself wanting more.

I especially enjoyed the the Douglas Fairbanks film, "Wild and Woolly," which showed a surprisingly developed sense of irony about movies and the Wild West even at that early day. The Keaton feature and Liberty were a treats to see with an audience, and the Valentino film, "The Eagle," was the kind of picture they just don't make anymore.

Keep up the great work! There's nothing to compare seeing these films as they were originally intended to be seen: projected on a big screen, with a large and friendly audience, and with live music. There's no other way to do it - seeing silent film at home on video, however convenient, is like drinking wine through an eyedropper. It's just not the same.

If the art of the silent film is to endure and win new audiences, a big reason for it will be because of events like the Kansas Silent Film Festival. Susan and I look forward to next year. Only 360 days to go!