2020 KSFF movie collage

Denise Morrison, film commentator

Musical Accompaniment by:
Mont Alto
Motion Picture Orchestra
,
directed by Rodney Sauer
Marvin Faulwell, organ
Bill Beningfield, organ
Ben Model, piano
Cliff Retallick, piano
Bob Keckeisen, percussion

23rd Annual Kansas Silent Film Festival, February 26 & 27, 2021

Because of the international pandemic, our 2021 event will be held virtually, online.

We post our Event Schedule here:

LINK to our 2021 VIRTUAL Festival here:
https://vimeo.com/showcase/ksff2021

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2021 VIRTUAL Kansas Silent Film Festival Schedule:

Friday Night – 2/26/21 - starting at 7 pm CST online
Music Overture by Marvin Faulwell on organ
Welcome and Introduction to event by Denise Morrison

Those Awful Hats (1909) D.W. Griffith – 8 min.
          Introduction: Denise Morrison
          Music: Bill Beningfield on piano

  • Used at the start of our 2005 program, this is a very short D. W. Griffith film that amounts to a Public Service spot advising ladies to please remove your hats inside the movie theatre….and there is a rather severe punishment if they do not!
Movie Night (1929) Charley Chase – 20 min.
          Introduction: Denise Morrison
          Music: Marvin Faulwell on organ
  • Slipped into our 2009 line-up as a surprise short, this little film is a reminder of the joys of Charley Chase in any and all of his fall-down funny comedy shorts. Here he tries to take the family out to a movie. Please take note of how many things have changed!

A Movie Star (1916) Mack Swain – 24 min.
          Introduction: Denise Morrison
          Music: Bill Beningfield on organ

  • From KSFF # 19 in 2008, this Mack Swain short comedy came from Mack Sennett’s Keystone Studio and pokes fun at the whole movie-making and movie-going experience with Swain as a forlorn cowboy film star looking for love from an audience - any audience! 

Break: 5 minutes

Nell Gwyn (1926) w/ Dorothy Gish – 75 min.
          Introduction: Denise Morrison
          Music by Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra

  • Shown as an afternoon feature at the KSFF in 2005, this feature film starring Dorothy Gish (Lillian Gish’s equally famous sister) as a street vendor who catches the eye of the king and tries to stay in that particular limelight contains one of the best music scores by the remarkable Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra!

         
Thank you and good night!

Saturday Night – 2/27/21 - starting at 7 pm CST online
Music Overture by Marvin Faulwell on organ
Welcome and Introduction to event by Denise Morrison & Bill Shaffer

Sailor Beware! (1927) w/ Billy Dooley – 14 min.
          Introduction: Denise Morrison 
          Music by Cliff Retallick on piano
           An Al Christie Comedy Short

  • Never shown before at the KSFF, this short comedy was sent to us by the folks at Retroformat, a group who are attempting to stage ‘live’ silent film events in Hollywood. Billy Dooley stars as a clueless sailor (whose uniform is worn backwards), coming home to his girlfriend with an innocent gift - a pet guinea pig, resulting in mass confusion and public fear of contagion. This short was produced by the Al Christie Studio.

Hold Your Breath! (1924) Dorothy Devore – 45 min.
          Introduction by Denise Morrison
          Music by Cliff Retallick on piano
          An Al Christie Comedy Feature

  • Our second film from Retroformat is also new to us and stars Dorothy Devore, as a newspaper reporter out to prove herself in a feminist take on the ‘thrill comedy genre’ pioneered by Harold Lloyd with plenty of great footage of Hollywood and downtown Los Angeles.

Break: 5 minutes

Jack the Kisser (1907) – 8 min.
          Introduction by Denise Morrison
          Music by Ben Model on piano

  • Shown in 2008 at our 12th Festival, this slight comedy was produced by a pioneer of early cinema, Edwin S. Porter (who also produced The Great Train Robbery). This short film involves an energetic man who steals kisses from passing ladies until bystanders start a chase!

           
Simba (1928) w/ Martin & Osa Johnson - 70 min.
          Introduction by Denise Morrison
          Music by Marvin Faulwell on organ w/ Bob Keckeisen on percussion

  • Recorded at our 8th Annual KSFF in 2004, this feature documentary is a fascinating study of African wildlife made by Osa and Martin Johnson in the late 1920’s. The first explorers to take cameras into Africa and return, the Johnsons were a celebrated couple in their time and this is their only surviving silent feature film documentary.  

Final farewell + Thank you!


Want to volunteer for our (hopefully LIVE) 2022 event at White Concert Hall, Washburn University, Topeka, KS?
Contact us at ksffvolunteer@gmail.com