2021 Virtual Festival Comments:
Richard Perske (Topeka, KS) wrote:
Loved it very much!
Elise Keeling (KC, MO) wrote:
Received the KSSF schedule in the mail. I watched last Sunday-good program. The silent film community have been so supportive throughout this past year-great group of folks.
Keith Goering (Iola, KS) wrote:
I've finally viewed the 2021 KSFF material. Your notice is appreciated.
In the raffle scene of the Charlie CHASE flik there was "A ham for Mrs Ginsberg." Was this a deliberate kosher gag or was it accidental? (Deliberate, I’m sure)
Gladys Grisell (Topeka, KS) wrote:
Thank you for the update on KSFF. I will check it out. I am fine. I got my first covid shot. I am hoping this nightmare will soon be over.
Steve Richardson (Cawker City, KS) wrote:
Yes, I watched the Festival. Great Job! I did not know you had been recording the live events over the years. That was great planning.
I was still watching Saturday night and did not try to participate in the live (zoom) meeting. I loved the coming attraction slides (although the second set was a little too fast to read all the text on each slide). Great job, but am looking forward to celebrating 25 years—in person—next year.
Frank Scheide (Fayetteville, AR) wrote:
Enjoyed KSFF, Bill. Thanks for the reminder!
Katie Pratt (Hollywood, CA) wrote:
Your online festival looks great. I’ll be sure to “attend” before everything goes off-line on Monday. I see you’re making the most of Vimeo, too. It’s a wonderful platform – so much better and far more secure than YouTube.
Jeff Rapsis (Bedford, NH) wrote:
We've enjoyed the films that were posted online for this year's virtual festival. Great job by everyone who pulled this programming together and made it available to a worldwide audience. I hope it helps increase awareness and appreciation of the Kansas festival.
Paul Post (Topeka, KS) wrote:
Hi Bill - we watched the Saturday show. It was great. We hope to go back and watch Friday. Count me in as a sponsor for next year.
Bill Rowland (Broken Arrow, OK) wrote:
Thanks for the note, Bill! I was in attendance Friday evening and shared the disappointment that technical issues precluded showing the second hour. But then I caught the rest of it along with Saturday's movies the next day and enjoyed the presentation. I also wrote down the PO box number so that when my retirement (check) comes in later this week, I can send a donation.
Bill Beningfield (Lawrence, KS) wrote:
I had looked at part 1, but haven't got back to the others yet. I do want to see, and hear, them. I'll do it for sure this week.
Karl Mischler, Mascot of the Midwest (New York City, NY) wrote:
Yes!!! I so far have survived my trip to New Hampshire!! Had a great time. But, not as good as the real Kansas!! I will check out the KSFF online and will wear my KSFF shirt as I watch. YES! YES! I hope and think it looks good the way things are going for us all to get to hang in Kansas come next year!!
Steve Hill (Receda, CA) wrote:
I really enjoyed the program. Heard about the KSFF online programming from the Newhallywood virtual fest.
Nancy Jewell (Wichita, KS) wrote:
My husband and I were at the festival in 2020. It was our last out of town fun trip before Covid. We thoroughly enjoyed the virtual festival this year.
Rick Miller, Marie Dressler Foundation (Canada) wrote:
Hello from your Canadian friends.
Congratulations to you, Denise, and your team for presenting an interesting virtual Festival this year. I enjoyed the program virtually and we all share your sentiments that we miss meeting up to watch the movies together.
We cancelled our 2020 Vintage Film Festival due to the health risks of COVID-19. We will roll over the programming for this year.
We are optimistic that with the timely rollout of the vaccines here in Canada that we will be able to host the 2021 Vintage Film Festival in mid September.
We are also hard at work expanding Marie Dressler Museum to become "Canadian Women In Film" with permanent exhibitions for Mary Pickford and Norma Shearer as well as featuring other Canadian women past and present.
Gregory Brown (Columbia, MO) wrote:
Yes, I saw all of the program. It was a good recovery in a difficult time, and I appreciate the work that you and all the crew did to make it happen. I look forward to next year when things will be different, more "normal" in every way for everybody, in all ways. Thanks.
Kelly J. Kitchens Wickersham (Dallas, TX) wrote:
Kansas Silent Film Festival was our last in-person event last year before everything started canceling. Thank you all for the wonderful Festival you were able to put online This year! Here's to seeing you all in person in 2022. I missed being with all of you in person this year.
Rhoda Wisman (Topeka, KS) wrote:
The Silent Film Festival was wonderful. The movies came in very clear and the link worked perfectly. Of course, I miss seeing them on the big screen. Hoping next year. Take care.
Dave Krug (Topeka, KS) wrote:
Just finished watching the last of the 2021 Virtual KSFF. Bravo to all the volunteers and board members for pulling together this eclectic program. I really enjoyed the variety and appreciate all the performances both new and old. Thank you for sharing and we look forward to the 25th in person!
Amparo Rodriguez (Houston, TXs) wrote:
Thank you very much for making the 2021 Silent Film Festival happen. I truly enjoyed the opportunity to "attend" online during the pandemic.
One observation...I was surprised that no announcement was made prior to the movie "Jack the Kisser" about the racist jokes that plague this movie, but there was a warning about violence towards animals in the movie "Simba". I understand the cultural and historic context of many of these silent films, but there is no excuse for the organization presenting these movies to show that they care more about animals than people of different races. The world is changing, I hope this can be corrected in the future. Thank you.
Carla Jo Bartunek (Irving, TX) wrote:
Congratulations on another superb film festival! I got to see most all of it Sunday when I had some free time. I saw Movie Night before with Hugh Hefner in Los Angeles what seems like 100 years ago. He met the little girl who was in the movie. Naturally, she was a little older when he was introduced to her. Watching the KSFF virtually was bittersweet. If I'm not mistaken, Denise seemed to get a little choked up when she introduced the film festival. I detected that she really missed it being live. I thought the film selections were wonderful. Thanks for all the comedies. What were your favorite movies from this year's presentation?
Marcy Tintera (Lincoln, NB) wrote:
What an unusual film festival we had this year! Congratulations and much appreciation to all who chose the films shown and who arranged for the virtual presentations. As it turns out, my favorites this year were all shown on Friday (Those Awful Hats, Movie Night, and Nell Gwyn). As much as I enjoyed all the films, the experience would have been so much better in the White Concert Hall with silent movie fans all around me. Praying this virus mess is behind us this time next year so we can enjoy celebrating the KSFF 25th anniversary in style.
Phil Figgs (Sabetha, KS) shared:
"Well, you've done it again! I am amazed, simply amazed! The Kansas Silent Film Festival lives on...and there is me (in the photo montage)! I remember it was so cold (in 2013) and there's me setting up and playing the Edison phono-player in the lobby. Oh, those were happy days and the woman in the film who copied Harold Lloyd from SAFETY LAST (Dorothy Devore in HOLD YOUR BREATH!, shown in the second half of the KSFF online event). She was wonderful! Oh (sighs), you all did it again! I love it! I love it and....it's simply perfect! Simply perfect! Loved hearing Marvin Faulwell and the Mont AltoI They were all so great! Thank you for thinking of me."
2021 Videotaping Intros:
Krew (Jane's term) was live (with masks) at White Concert Hall, Washburn University—both onstage and in the lobby. Gizmo Pictures' Jeff Carson and Jennifer Goetz capturing Denise Morrison introducting our virtual film lineup, with the help of KSFF board members Bill Shaffer, Brian Sanders, Melanie Lawrence and Jane Bartholomew (who grabbed the still photos of the action).