18th Annual Silent Film Gala: Old Favorites, New Live Music!
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An all-star lineup -- including David Byrne, Alexis Taylor (Hot Chip), Pat Mahoney (LCD Soundsystem), Kele Okereke (Bloc Party), Money Mark, Joshua Redman, Sinkane and the legendary Lijadu Sisters of Nigeria in their first live performance in 30 years -- takes the stage at the Greek to perform the futuristic, synth-heavy electronic music of elusive Nigerian artist William Onyeabor. The evening begins with a DJ set by special guest Wooden Wisdom (Elijah Wood & Zach Cowie). Onyeabor self-released eight nearly impossible-to-find albums between 1978 and 1985 in Nigeria, but after becoming a born-again Christian turned his back on his work and refused to speak about it for nearly three decades. Last year, after a five-year odyssey to track down Onyeabor and secure his permission to release his music, the Luaka Bop label issued World Psychedelic Classics 5: Who Is William Onyeabor? The album was named one of Time magazine's top ten albums of the year and Pitchfork's Best Reissue of the Year 2013. Even now, after the album's enormous success, the artist's life story remains a mystery -- and he seems content to keep it that way. Learn More
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Featured review from Amy C.
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The event was great---approximately 1400 people laughing together at silent comedy geniuses Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton. It's always powerful to see a silent movie with a 40 piece orchestra, and the music was wonderful for the two films shown. I highly encourage everyone to come out to next year's gala---it's well worth it to see a silent film in a beautiful theater (Royce Hall---with its fabulous restoration), with excellent orchestral accompaniment, and a crowd that fully supports film preservation.
This year the event includes an outrageously hilarious double feature: Charlie Chaplin’s “The Pilgrim” (about a convict gone straight…) and Buster Keaton’s “Sherlock Jr.” (a projectionist turns sleuth). Timothy Brock conducts the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. “Sherlock Jr.” will feature the world premiere of a new score that Brock has written for the occasion.
Dustin Hoffman, Honorary Chairman
Hanna M. Kennedy and Roger L. Mayer, Co-Chairmen
“The Pilgrim” (1923)
_Written, produced and Directed by Charlie Chaplin
Starring Charlie Chaplin with Edna Purviance, Sydney Chaplin and Dean Riesner_
“The Pilgrim” is one of Charlie Chaplin’s richest feature length films. In it, he plays an escaped convict who poses as the new minister of a small Texas town. Among the many highlights in this fast-paced comedy, is Charlie’s celebrated sermon on the story of David and Goliath. For many critics, “The Pilgrim” is one of the most outstanding Chaplin comedies. 50 minutes. Music by Charlie Chaplin.
“Sherlock Jr.” (1924)
_Produced by Joseph M. Schenck, Directed by Buster Keaton
Starring Buster Keaton with Kathryn McGuire and Joe Keaton_
“Sherlock Jr.” is one of Buster Keaton’s most famous and influential comedies, a dazzling showcase of his cinematic skills. In the story of a cinema projectionist turned amateur sleuth, Keaton’s exploits create awe-inspiring stunts and mind-boggling visual gags.45 Minutes. World Premiere of music by Timothy Brock.
About the Ticket Supplier: Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
The members of LACO are among the very best musicians in Los Angeles. Most play in film studios, teach and/or perform as soloists with orchestras and chamber ensembles all over the world.