2018 KSFF movie collage


Denise Morrison, film commentator

Live Musical Accompaniment by:
Mont Alto Motion
   Picture Orchestra

Marvin Faulwell, organ
Bob Keckeisen, percussion
Jeff Rapsis, piano
Bill Beningfield, organ

Special Guest:
Cari Beauchamp, who spoke about "Women in Silent Film" for the Fri. evening program, signed copies of her books in the lobby on Sat. afternoon, and shared the researched history on the topic at the 2018 Cinema Dinner, Sat. evening.

22nd Annual Kansas Silent Film Festival, February 23 & 24, 2018

Held February 23 - 24, 2018, at White Concert Hall on the Washburn University campus, Topeka, Kansas.

Our thanks go to event photographers
Larry Stendebach, Karl Mischler, Jane Bartholomew, Larry Stendebach,
Bill Shaffer, Don Bishop & Carol Yoho.
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2018 Festival Comments:

Jason Boles
—Kansas City
Congratulations on another amazing festival! It was an honor to celebrate women in silent film and a treat to meet Cari Beauchamp. Thank you to the entire KSFF team for all you do to keep silent film alive!

Want to volunteer for 2019? Contact us at ksffvolunteer@gmail.com

Ami Eckard-Lee
—Brodhead, Wisconsin
Esperé and I had a wonderful time at the festival, and we hope we can come back next year! Thank you for doing such an excellent job.

Marcy Tintera
—University of Nebraska
   Lincoln, NE

I don't know how you and your committee do it ever year, but you came through with another wonderful Festival! My favorite film was "FOX TROT FINESSE" with Mr. & Mrs. Sidney Drew… with the Colleen Moore film "WHY BE GOOD" a close second. Thank you and thank your committee for all the hard work, that I know is necessary, to bring us these great films. I've noted the dates for next year and hope to see you then. (Thanks also to the person who requested the nice weather!)

Don Bishop
—Kansas City
My thanks to you and the other volunteers for making my attendance at the Kansas Silent Film Festival so enjoyable.

Jackie Gfeller & Robert Cole
—Brock, NE
Just hit the floor running last week and didn't get a chance to tell you how much we enjoyed the Festival this year. Loved the theme! As always, enjoyed interacting with all the great volunteers! Already planning on next year's! God Bless YOU ALL!

Jane Bartholomew
—Overland Park, KS
A big thank you to everyone who attended this year's festival and an even bigger thank you to all who helped. We have great volunteers who manage the lobby tables and volunteers who bring in food for the crew, hand out programs, and do everything in between. And thanks to Bruce Calvert for supplying some great memorabilia for our display cases this year. We hope everyone had as good a time watching this year's program as we did planning it.

Special thanks to these major donors for help with the 2018 festival:
Washburn University



link to Capital-Journal article

22nd Annual Festival
— read the article published
in Topeka Capital-Journal,

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Set-up On-site work at Washburn University began on Friday. Set up included display of items for sales, including 22nd Anniversary t-shirts (in red), LOTS of movie jewelry, DVDs, CDs and books, including the writing of KSFF special guest Cari Beauchamp. We set out two display case of silent film collectibles, brought from Texas by silent film fan and 16mm projectionist for this occasion, Bruce Calvert. Display posters were created by Our Fearless Leader: Bill Shaffer.

Sign at SE corner of Wasbhrun University campusPutting up the Kansas Silent Film Festival banner outside White Concert HallLast weekend in February, 2018, was wetKansas Silent Film Festival TODAYSetting up table displays in White Concert Hall lobbyPrior to start of Friday evening's eventHandmade jewelry with silent film emphasis>Jane Bartholomew takes matters in-handBill Shaffer holds the entry door for Jane BartholomewBill Shaffer, president of Kansas Silent Film Festival, Inc.Board member Brian SandersFront of 22nd Annual KSFF t-shirtHandouts are ready on the handouts tableMerchandising beginsInspecting 2018 t-shirts on displayJewelry displayJane Bartholomew with Enid StendebachHandouts table and movie posterEvening feature moviesSouth-side display case 1South-side display case 2South-side display case 3Books written by Cari Beauchamp are on displayNorth-side display case ANorth-side display case B

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On-stage Talent Film Historian Denise Morrison introduced our films from the stage. Live music was provided this year by Jeff Rapsis (piano), Marvin Faulwell (organ), Bob Keckeisen (percussion), and Bill Beningfield (organ). Festival director Bill Shaffer introduced the Saturday morning schedule. Karl Mischler of New York City, to event photos when not on stage running DVD projection. Guests from Texas Jim Reid and Bruce Calvert assisted the festival by running film projectors for movies shown on film. Our special guest was Cari Beauchamp, nationally-known author and researcher of the theme of this year's event: "Women in Silent Film."

Musician Jeff Rapsis takes a bow near the pianoHostess Denise Morrison AHostess Denise Morrison BDr. Harriet Fields with KSFF president Bill ShafferHostess Denise Morrison CBill Shaffer welcomes Saturday morning audienceHostess Denise Morrison DEvent guest Cari Beauchamp makes a point during her introduction to Friday night's feature, "Why Be Good?"Event guest Cari Beauchamp speaks on Friday eveningJeff Rapsis, who comes every year from New Hampshire, accompanies films on the piano, while Karl E. Mischler Jr. from NYC helps with the audio/visual Karl E. Mischler Jr. onstage with organist Bill BeningfieldBob Keckeisen, percussion, and Marvin Faulwell, organ, take a bowKSFF is extremely grateful for the talented Bill BeningfieldBill Beningfield at the organ BMarvin Faulwell and Bob Keckeisen play prelude before a film-showingDenise Morrison introduces a movie while Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra ready themselves to accompany the filmStretch-time in the houseRodney Sauer introduces Mont Alto musicians by nameMont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra takes bows AMont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra takes bows BSaturday night musicians take bows ASaturday night musicians take bows BSaturday night musicians take bows C

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The Event In the concert hall Jim Reid and Bruce Calvert served as 16mm film projectionists. Lyle Waring is on Washburn University music department staff as Facility Technician II. He runs the concert hall and helps in every way with on-stage setup, sound and lighting for the entire duration of our festival. Karl Mischler ran DVD projection. Technicans helped us and our musical talent carry off our showing of fifteen movies and a film documentary over the period of Friday evening and all day on Saturday.

Live music on-stage ALive music on-stage BView of the house in the darkLive music on-stage CFilm title visual, A Woman in GreyLive music on-stage DLive music on-stage EMont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra in performance AMont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra in performance BMont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra in performance DDr. Harriet Fields beside W.C. Fields features postersMont Alto Orchestra's music score is never short

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Lobby Activity Chatting, shopping, relaxing and sharing took place in the lobby of White Concert Hall, Washburn University, Topeka, Kansas. At mid-day break our special guest, Cari Beauchamp, signed copies of her published books. Our thanks go to P.T.'s Coffee House, furnishing hot coffee through the day on Saturday. Cookies and punch were served at this 22nd Anniversary celebration in mid-afternoon on Saturday, with cookies supplied by Topeka HyVee. Special thanks to Marj and Reagan Murray and Nancy and Melanie Lawrence for arranging and hosting our mid-day Saturday party!

Louise Langberg has Cari Beauchamp autograph her bookBooks to be sold and signed by Cari Beauchamp Cari Beauchamp ACari Beauchamp BCari Beauchamp signs a bookCari Beauchamp DCari Beauchamp ECari Beauchamp FBook signing lineJ.B. KAufman and Jane BartholomewMovie intermission crowd AMovie intermission crowd BMovie intermission crowd CThe nice smile of Jane Bartholomew, with Marilyn Schroeder standing behind herBottled pop, about to become punchMixing punchDipping punchCookies, courtesy of Topeka HyVeeSetting up coodie distributionAttendees help themselves to punch and cookies AAttendees help themselves to punch and cookies BVery few cookies left after the intermissionMelanie Lawrence and Regan Murray handle punch serving Carla Bartunek enjoys a cookieCookie fansMovie intermission crowd DMovie intermission crowd EEnjoying a breakChecking out the display caseShopping for jewelryCari Beauchamp signs another book Movie intermission crowd EMovie intermission crowd FEnd of the evening, Sat., Feb. 24, 2018

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10th Annual Cinema Dinner At this tenth annual Cinema Dinner attendees enjoyed good food, conversation and door prize give-aways. Special guest Cari Beauchamp spoke after dinner about "Women in Silent Film." The event was well attended, with a sold-out crowd of fans scurrying just across the street from the White Concert Hall lobby—very convenient. The festival committee appreaciates the support of attendees of each festival's Cincema Dinner!

Bob and Brian work out the complexities of making Cari's Cinema-Dinner slide show a successMusic by Erin Wood, harpistn AMusic by Erin Wood, harpist  BMusic by Erin Wood, harpist  CWaiting line, dinner buffetBuffet table as seen from the curving staircaseDishing up dinner AKSFF22 banquet  AKSFF22 banquet BKSFF22 banquet CFood choices DDavid Graham (Kansas City)Dishing up dinner BJon Kuhn art glass hands in the atriumThe meat carver was a welcomed addition to this year's Cinema-DinnerSlicing server BSlicing server B, view BSliced roast beefEnjoying the banquet ABanquet Table ABanquet Table BBanquet Table CBanquet Table DBanquet Table EBanquet Table FBanquet Table GBanquet Table HBanquet Table IPart of Banquet Table JPart of Banquet Table K Banquet Table L Banquet Table LFans speak with Cari Beauchamp_____Jane and ____Laughing togetherRagen and Marj Murray always made sure that the Green Room was properly stocked with refreshments for KSFF staff and guestsLarry W Stendebach and Enid Stendebach are spicing it up a bit for the 10th annual Cinema-Dinner92-year-old Herb Miller of Cable Films has attended KSFF for the past few years and asked for a photo with this lovely lady — with Enid StendebachBill Shaffer, on the job hostingEnjoying the banquet BEnjoying the banquet CJane Bartholomew and Denise MorrisonCarol Yoho and Denise MorrisonMarilyn Schroeder and Barbara LermaAttention is drawn to the front of the room AAttention is drawn to the front of the room B Bill Shaffer welcomes dinersWashburn University President Jerry Farley welcomes dinersDoor prizes ADoor prizes BPrize winner APrize winner BMore door prizes, displayed by Brian SandersDenise Morrison introduces after-dinner speakerCari Beauchamp, after-dinner speakerCari Beauchamp speaks of Frances MarionDays of women writers in the Silent EraMarion's friend Caroline BishopFrances MarionFrancis's husband, Fred Thompson, became a cowboy movie star, here riding Silver KingFrances Marion receives an Academy Award

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Fans Steadfast fans make planning and presenting each Kansas Silent Film Festival worth the work. We extend our thanks to the many fans from Kansas and states north, south, east and west as far away as both coasts and nation's northern and southern borders. All are welcome!

The Texas TrioFrank came from Arkansas, Cookie from Minnesota, Karl from NYC, and Dan from Kansas — with Frank Scheide, Louise Langberg, Karl E. Mischler Jr. and Dan LybargerWe love it when guests arrive in costume! The Wichita Trio — with Randy RinggenbergKSFF Music Director Marvin Falwell greets fellow organist Greg Foreman — with Gregory ForemanKSFF President Bill Shaffer greets two talented young guests who attended for their first time background, Don Bishopforground, Lousie Langberg and Karl Mischler Volunteer Zandra Myrick receives instructions from Volunteer Coordinator Melanie LawrenceLovebirds Jenny and Brian share the warmth — with Brian SandersJohn Kelso of Wichita was able to make it to KSFF this year with help from his assistant, Gina ArgonaGreat hat and bow tie outfitKSFF pianist Jeff Rapsis says a prayer prior to his first performance with support from KSFF Board Member Melanie Lawrence and Vice President Denise MorrisonThese ladies always bring happiness to KSFF, Kellee Pratt and Carol YohoThe newest KSFF Board Member, Brian Sanders, brought his lovely wife Jenny and her parents to the KSFF opening night festivities on Friday. — with Brian SandersCarla Jo attends from Texas and Tony from Kansas City, MissouriKSFF President Bill Shaffer greets returning guest Walt KennedyRandy Kahle and donor Bruce SpringsteenEnid Stendebach, Greg Foreman, Larry Stendebach and Melodie ForemanJane Bartholomew and J.B. KaufmanJames Erickson, Herb Miller and Brian SandersJane Bartholomew chats with J.B. KaufmanMalanie Lawrence shows us her boots

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Staff Staff devoting their time and efforts for the 2018 23rd Annual Kansas Silent Film Festival were Denise Morrison, Bill Shaffer, Jane Bartholomew, Karl Mischler, Larry & Enid Stendebach, John Keckeisen (manager of White Concert Hall), the Washburn maintenance staff, Jim Rhodes, Marvin Faulwell, Jeff Rapsis, Carol Yoho, Melanie Lawrence, Nancy Lawrence, Marj and Regan Murray, Bruce Calvert and Jim Reid. Many thanks to our dedicated staff and assistants!

The goofy KSFF22Lobby staff — with Brian Sanders, Larry W Stendebach, Carol Yoho, Melanie Lawrence and Nancy LawrenceLarry and Enid StendebachDenise and Brian attempt to pull in the Prez for a hugRagen Murray always made sure that the lobby had delicious coffee, donated by PT'sBill and Karl review upcoming schedule needsLate Saturday afternoon goofiness ensuesJim Reid and Bruce Calvert ready the 16mm projectorsKSFF President Bill Shaffer and the Friday night crew — with Nancy Lawrence, Zandra Myrick, Melanie Lawrence, Bill Shaffer and Enid Stendebach New KSFF organist Bill Beningfield chats with organist Greg Foreman and the KSFF Friday night crew, including Enid Stendebach, Ragen Murray, and Zandra Myrick. — with Enid Stendebach, Zandra Myrick, Ragen Murray, Bill Beningfield, Gregory Foreman, Melodie Foreman and Melanie Lawrence.Zandra, Mel, and Bill man one of the KSFF sales tables — with Zandra Myrick, Melanie Lawrence and Bill Shaffer.Larry Stendebach and Jane BartholomewBill Shaffer's glorious Charlie Chaplin necktieBill Shaffer wearing his glorious Charlie Chaplin necktieKarl E. Mischler Jr. shows off his wonderful Beatles socksBrain Sanders and Enid StendebachKSFF Guest of Honor Cari Beauchamp and Music Director Marvin Faulwell are ready for the finale — with Cari Beauchamp

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Volunteers Melanie Lawrence is our Board of Directors Volunteer Chair. Melanie and the entire board would like to thank this year's volunteers who helped our staff by answering questions, selling merchandise, counting attendance arrivals, greeting fans and passing out programs. Thank you, 2018 KSFF volunteers!

Mary Sheldon and Kristen HearrellZandra Myrick at the jewelry tableKSFF staff return from the Cinema-Dinner to relieve the faithful volunteers who manned the sales tables — with Nancy Lawrence, Karl E. Mischler Jr. and Melanie Lawrence>Yearly KSFF volunteers Richard Allen Brown and Roberta DotyRick Miller, left, came from Cobourg, Ontario, Canada, for his first KSFF, and was greeted by the always cheerful Richard Allen BrownAJ Pfamatter, Melanie Lawrence, and DustinDustin, AJ Pfamatter, and Melanie Lawrence Dustin and AJ Pfamatter, our Cinema-Dinner volunteers, show off their newest family addition: a Great Dane puppy!Zandra Myrick and Melanie LawrenceMary Sheldon at the jewelry display

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on billboard, radio & TV
On Thursday morning KSFF Special Guest Cari Beauchamp appeared live on KANU Public Radio in Lawrence, KS. The two were accompanied on their excursion by festival photographer Karl E. Mischler Jr., in Kansas from New York City. Our thanks go to KANU for taking the time to help us promote the 21st annual festival!

On Friday afternoon Cari Beauchamp joined Film Historian and long-time hostess of our festival, Denise Morrison, at WIBW Channel 13 live television in Topeka, KS. This local live program is know as "On the Red Couch," and the program's host is Ralph Hipp.
Watch Cari Beauchamp and Denise Morrison discuss our 22nd Annual festival [3:06 min.] with Ralph Hipp on The Red Couch.

KSFF billboardCari Beauchamp and Jane Bartholomew were the KSFF guests on Michael Neelan's Friday morning radio show on KANU-KPR in Lawrence, KSCari and Jane met with Dr. John Tibbetts following the radio show to discuss Mary Pickford, Charles "Buddy" Rogers, Douglas Fairbanks...and KU! &mdash Here is Cari Beauchamp and John TibbettsThe team traveled to WIBW-TV in Topeka for a live appearanceKSFF Vice President Denise Morrison and Cari were "on the Red Couch" with host Ralph Hipp at WIBW-TV. — with Denise Morrison

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Meals on-the-go The many out-of-town guests, talent and helpers for this event meet early and late for special meals as the organized, set-up and, later, took down equipment, displayed items and merchandise made available for this event. Our thanks to all talent and helper for their efforts and comradery.

Cari holds court over the Green Room as staff and musicians relaxKSFF Board Members Marj Murray and Nancy Lawrence served homemade soup and grilled cheese sandwiches to hungry staff and musicians in the Green RoomCarol Yoho leads the table discussion during breaktime in the Green Room — with Marvin FaulwellAfter-party, with punch