2013 Festival Comments:
Marge Heeney, Topeka, KS:
What a show—far from silent. You brightened the "daze" for many buffs. The dinner was great. Having the opportunity to meet folks in love with films is always a treat. To each of you we say "thanks".
Marcy Tintera, Lincoln, NE:
Thanks again for a wonderful Festival! I looked forward to it all year long and was sad that, because of fear of snowbound roads, I was unable to come down Friday evening, but the films I saw Saturday were outstanding. I particularly enjoyed "The Gaucho." And the cinema dinner was excellent. Kudos to everyone involved with the 2013 KSFF!
THANK YOU for the work put into all the fun I had at the Silent Festival this past weekend! My grandmother was born 1900 and I was imagining her watching the films when she was a teenager. It was a nice connection! My only complaint is the weekend wasn't near long enough! I would have gladly cleared my calendar for a whole week! Looking forward to next year!
Jackie Gfeller & Bob Cole:
Please convey our deepest appreciation to all the volunteers and organizers of this event! Without their dedicated hard work, there are a lot of people who would have a lot less joy. From Dick, who opens the door and invites us in, to every last person at the tables, they are treasures and are becoming 'old' friends they are so familiar to us. We always make the KSFF our no-miss event of the year! The blizzard didn't have a chance! Thank You, and EVERYONE for your dedication and hard work! You are an awesome and inspiring group to know!
Arlan V. Holthus:
Just wanted to say thanks for another great silent film festival, and say hope you're feeling better. So, thanks again on behalf of my 5 year old grandson, my daughter, and myself.
June Windscheffel, Topeka, KS:
Chris and I enjoyed dinner, and I enjoyed the films I saw. Thanks to you for your group for making this possible for us every year.
Louise Langberg, St. Paul, MN:
What a KSFF this was! I had a lovely time, and I'm so glad that Bill will be back to his usual self before too long! Perhaps next year we'll have to have t-shirts with a nice shot of Bill with his sore eye captioned, "I survived The Blizzard of Oz, 2013!" I'm so glad that the festival was not cancelled! I was sorry to hear about the problems that Mont Alto had, but with the great way that our musical heroes all pitched in it was still a marvelous program!
Jannett Wiens, Constituent Relationship Manager, Harvesters: The Community Food Network:
The Silent Film Festival collected 210 pounds of food items for Harvesters, which will provide 162 meals to individuals in our community. Please extend my heartfelt gratitude to everyone who helped make this drive a success and please share the results of this partnership with them.
Excerpt from wrap-up report by Kansas Silent Film Festival President BIll Shaffer:
Kansas got pummeled with ten-inches of snow in about four hours on Thursday. Mont Alto got to Hays (about a quarter of the way into the state from Colorado) and got stranded. They eventually turned back. Our projectionist (Richard Every) from Wichita got snowed in and couldn’t make it. I took a seven-point Ritz Brothers fall on the ice and landed face first. (Thank God nobody saw it or taped it. My eye swelled up and I looked like a guy with an eye patch all weekend. I don’t think I have ever looked worse—said “Rrrrr” like a pirate a lot though.
In spite of this, all parties in the KSFF crew banded together and shouldered on to make a great Festival weekend.