Tuesday, October 01, 2013


Award-Winning Series Starts Oct. 9 and Continues Weekly Through Oct. 30

APL offers a truly unique film-going experience in October with the return of the Silent Film Spectacular. This annual series features screenings of classic silent movies, accompanied by original scores written and performed live by talented local musicians.

This season's films range from the dramatic to the macabre. The Silent Film Spectacular events take place in the large auditorium of the Main Library at 161 Washington Avenue on four consecutive Wednesday evenings (Oct. 9, 16, 23, 30) at 7 pm. The performances are free and open to the public. For more information, please call 427-4349.

This year's Silent Film Spectacular programs are:

Oct. 9-- "The Lodger" with live, original music by Ryan Slowey, Meg Duffy, Sean Fortune, Chris Jordan, and Tommy Krebs

"The Lodger" is Alfred Hitchcock's 1927 film about a landlady who is beginning to suspect that her tenant is a serial killer. Musicians from local bands Maggot Brain, Hand Habits, The Slaughterhouse Chorus, and Alta Mira come together as a silent film supergroup for one night only.

Oct. 16 -- "The Adventures of Prince Achmed" with live, original music by lastdayshining

This 1926 release is the oldest surviving animated feature film and uses paper and lead cutouts to illustrate the Arabian Nights story. Albany-based lastdayshining is a hard-hitting post-rock band with a sound characterized by expressive instrumental buildups that travel through a range of dynamic changes from quiet lows to bone-crushing highs.

Oct. 23 -- "The Wind" with live, original music by Blacklight Lighthouse

"The Wind" is a 1928 romantic drama featuring visual poetry of natural forces and their dramatic role in controlling human destiny. Blacklight Lighthouse is a musical duo that works in the collage mode to create cinematic soundscapes using experimental and improvisational analog and digital instrumentation.

Oct. 30 -- "Waxworks" with live, original music by Helicoprion

"Waxworks," a rarely seen film from 1924, showcases three horror stories centered on the wax figures in a carnival show. Helicoprion creates orchestrated and improvised sounds on guitar, bass, percussion, and horns to give the audience a chilling and multisensory experience.

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