Fourteenth Annual 
Silent Film
-- the best of 
silent comedy and 
dramatic films 
with live 

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Topeka provides
fine lodging

Made possible by
generous donations to
Kansas Silent Film
Festival, Inc.,

a 501(c)3 not-for-profit

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The official address for the KSFF is:
    Kansas Silent Film Festival
    P.O. Box 2032
    Topeka, Kansas 66601-2032

Please thank our donors:

Washburn University
The Dickinson Foundation
Paul D. Post – Attorney at

The Blanche Bryden Foundation
American Pre-Sort, Inc.
TCK Trust & Financial Advisors
The Gordon W. Evans
   Charitable Trust
The Sabatini Family Foundation

Mick Ranney - Footprints of
James P. Erickson
Suzanna & John Hicks
Richard G. Alexander
Vergil Noble & Care Wallingford
An Anonymous Donor

Tortilla Jack’s Mexican
Phillip J. Figgs
Gizmo Pictures
An Anonymous Donor
Greg & Melodie Foreman
A T & T Foundation
Skinner Garden Stores Inc.
Richard Allen Brown
Wolfe’s Cameras, Camcorders
    and Computers
Barney & Marjorye Heeney
Robert Webb
The Reuter Organ Company
Lloyd Woodburn
Richard & Jane Bartholomew
Wilda & Hal Sandy
Sally Schoenhals
Dr. William Robinson

Boss Hawg’s Charitable Giving Fund – Topeka Community Foundation
Core First Bank & Trust
Barbara Lerma
Dancing Goat Press
James Van Sickle & Mary Gordy
Carol & Max Yoho
June Windscheffel
Louise Langberg
Clyde Kensinger
Joe & Nicki Stein
Jeff & Susan Rapsis
Jeff & Cherrie Helm
Bill & Inge Beningfield
Mary A. Hall
Roy Lacoursiere, M.D.

It's not too late to help financially.
KSFF, Inc. is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization.
All donations are appreciated.

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Kansas Silent Film Festival logo The Matrimaniac, with Constance Talmadge and Douglas Fairbanks The Vagabond, with Charlie Chaplin Angora Love, with Laurel and Hardy The Moony Mariner Smilin' Through, with Norma Talmadge and Harrison Ford Thundering Fleas, with Our Gang The Matrimaniac,with Douglas Fairbanks Our Hospitality, with Buster and Natalie Keaton The Yankee Clipper, with William Boyd The Iron Mule Flaming Fathers The Magic Clock

The Phantom of the Opera, with Lon Chaney When the Clouds Roll By,with Douglas Fairbanks Sr. His Majesty, the Scarecrow of Oz, produced by L. Frank Baum Double feature with Wallace Reid Nell Gwyn, with Dorothy Gish A Woman, with Charlie Chaplin Friday & Saturday, February 26 & 27, 2010

Fri.: 7 p.m. -- 10 p.m.
Sat.: 10 a.m. -- 10 p.m.

White Concert Hall
on campus of Washburn University

17th and Jewell, Topeka, Kansas
Denise Morrison, film commentator
Live Musical Accompaniment by:
Marvin Faulwell
& Greg Foreman, organ
Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra
Bob Keckeisen, percussion
Jeff Rapsis, piano
and [new in 2009] Phil Figgs, piano
This festival is FREE to all!

Special guest:
Melissa Talmadge Cox

grand-daughter of Kansas native Buster Keaton and wife Natalie Talmadge Keaton. Melissa is also grand neice of silent film stars Norma Talmadge and Constance Talmadge.
     This is not Melissa's first visit to Kansas. She has attended the Buster Keaton Celebration, a humanities event held every September in Iola, Kansas, several times in past years.
     The 2010 Kansas Silent Film Festival featured movies by Melissa's famous ancestors, and the films shown included acting members on both sides of her theatrical family.
     Melissa shared personal memories of family as she helped introduce their films and talked with fans at our second annual CINEMA-DINNER, held Saturday evening before the evening movies.

Companion Exhibit:
February 6-March 21, 2010
The Last Great Silent Picture Show

Official Orpheum and Shubert Vaudeville photographer Orval Hixon was the premier arts and crafts photographer of the 1914-1930 eras. He opend a studio in the Biltmore Hotel, Kansas City, and photographed 1000's of theatrical and movie personalities including: Al Jolson, Eddie Cantor, Joan Crawford, Evelyn Nesbit Thaw, Marie Dressler, Teda Bara, Baby Rose Marie, Charles Buddy Rogers, Fannie Brice and Will Rogers.

Melissa Talmadge Cox, special guest


on-stage interview

with Melissa,
video by
Larry's 66 Diner

Orval Hixon, Mulvane Art Museum companion exhibit

KTWU/ Channel 11 late night salute to the KSFF. Called the KTWU Comedy Collection, this 90-minute special offered a string of classic short films starring the legends of silent screen comedy and also features music scores by the musicians who perform at the KSFF on the Washburn campus.

   Charlie Chaplin stars in the impossibly funny short,
THE RINK from 1916, Buster Keaton gets chased a lot by the COPS (1922), Will Rogers discovers that you DON'T PARK THERE (1924), the bugs go a little crazy in THE CAMERAMAN'S REVENGE (1912) and cross-eyed comic Ben Turpin becomes A HAREM KNIGHT (1926).

   Marvin Faulwell and Greg Foreman performed organ music, Jeff Rapsis played piano, Bob Keckeisen added percussion and the Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra supplied the rest of the rousing music! The KTWU Comedy Collection, February 27, 10:30 pm on KTWU - Channel 11.1 HD. Silent comedy fans loved this showing!

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