Jeff Rapsis, musical talent, Manchester, NH:
Just a quick note to really and truly say thank you for all the effort that goes into organizing and presenting the silent film festival each year!
Susan and I both had a great time...
I also enjoyed the chance to contribute some music to the festival. Thanks for this opportunity!
We really do enjoy every aspect of this annual event--the people, the location, the films, the food, the thrift-store shopping. People ask why it's worth attending, and I always say it's because the Kansas Silent Film Festival is a consistently great showcase for silent film to be seen the way it was intended to be seen: on film, on a big screen, with live music, and with a large audience.
Annette D'Agostino Lloyd, KSFF special guest, 2011:
What an honor it was for me to share last weekend with you good people. Thank you for having me and Harold at the party. I'll never forget your kindnesses!
Bob Gent, fan, Lawrence, KS:
Thanks! that was the most fun I've had since this time last year.
Paul D. Post, donor, Topeka, KS:
Another "home run." Excellent program!
David Shepard, film restoration specialist:
Thank you so much for allowing me to be part of the KSFF again this year. By now, I have come to regard many Kansans as good friends with whom I love sharing my treasures. And I get very little sense that people appreciate the films when I wait for news to trickle to Hat Creek, but it's awfully reassuring to see the great reception they receive at Washburn.
If you want me again, just whistle.
Jim Lane, blogger:
I have to say Saturday night's screening of 7th Heaven, a touching romance between a boastful Paris sewer worker (Charles Farrell) and a mistreated street waif (Janet Gaynor), was the highlight of the weekend for me. I'd seen it before, but this time was something above and beyond: the festival screened the personal print of film preservationist David Shepard (a special guest at the event, he also delivered a lecture to accompany screened samples from his new DVD collection Chaplin at Keystone). Shepard's print, in turn, was carefully and lovingly copied from Janet Gaynor's own personal print, and the exquisite tinting of the film was a revelation.
Marge Heeney, donor, Topeka, KS:
So many reports from attendees attending the silents—good words. We did enjoy the dinner and the wonderful table talk.
Patty Ringgenberg, fan:
I enjoyed the Kansas Silent Film Fest!! You all did a great job and I can't wait to come back next year!
Marcy Tintera, fan, Lincoln, NE:
Thank you for another great weekend of films. There is just something about silent films that I just love. To the entire planning committee.....Thank you!!!!!!!!!! I'm grateful for
all who helped plan the 2011 silent film festival. Please, keep up the good work; your efforts are VERY MUCH appreciated.
Wilda Sandy, Prairie Village, KS:
Our warmest wishes
to all who made the event possible, for 15 years!
Denise Morrison, KSFF hostess and commentator:
Adding Oscar in the mix made it a little more stressful this year. But worth it! Yes, we decided we'd always have Topeka and we parted yesterday afternoon.
Bill Shaffer, KSFF Fearless Leader:
I think it was a great weekend event,
perhaps our greatest ever!
I greatly appreciate the "award" of the "Mulatto Charlie Chaplin"
bust from Jeff Rapsis and all of you. It means more to me than having
the Oscar we had out front. I took it home and placed it on the mantle. It took quite a while before my wife noticed it and said (rather
dismayed) "where did you get that?" I told her it was a "'major award"'
and (as in A Christmas Story), I imagine she will drop it off the
mantle at the earliest convenience! Still, I greatly appreciate it.
Brenda Culbertson, fan, Mayetta, KS:
Another good KSFF, Bill. Mike and I enjoyed it for the umpteenth year.
Larry Sangals, fan, Hutchinson, KS:
Bill, your attitude is so wonderful along with your wonderful crew. We just love seeing you each year.
Gladys Grisell, fan:
Just wanted to tell you how much we enjoyed the silent film festival. You did a good job selecting the films being shown. Hard to choose a favorite, but think it was Wings. Both of us really enjoyed it and it was a first for us. Also want to thank you for celebrating my birthday, and for the cake and candle.