Festival

Apr 22nd 2017

Sound of Silent Film Festival

Our twelfth annual Sound of Silent Film Festival returns to the gorgeous Music Box Theater with an all-new program!

Featuring newly composed scores performed live to modern silent films from around the world, this one night only event is a don’t miss.

“Of all the art forms, music takes the shortest route to the heart, and this is especially true of live music,” says acclaimed Canadian filmmaker, and SOSF 2011 alumnus Guy Maddin. “Something truly alchemical happens when film gets a live score.”

PROGRAM

Soup by Steve Stein

     – Music by Jonathan Hannau

G.M. by Martin Pickles
     
– Music by Randall West

Limina
l by Dan Shellenbarger
     
– Music by Trevor Patrick Watkin

Life by Nick Bolton
     
– Music by Tim Corpus

Deja Vu Deluge by Jasper Lee
     
– Music by Donny Walker

Bolos by Peche Roberts
     
– Music by Greg Steinke

2028 by Jorge Mendes

     – Music by Ioannis Papaspyrou

Edge of Alchemy by Stacey Steers

     – Music by Rob Steel

  Hours

Saturday April 22, 2017 – 7:30 PM Central

  Location

Music Box Theater
3733 N. Southport Ave.. Chicago
$20 per person per show

PROGRAM ONE

Escape by Daniel Lugo
(Rollerblade Feel Good)
A woman breaks out of her mundane work life.

Music by Trevor Patricia Watkin

Neighbors by Noam Argov
(Drama, Comedy)

In this noir comic-thriller, a woman navigates an envious obsession with the life of her beautiful neighbor.

Music by  Ivonne Paredes

Big Touch by Christopher Tenzis

An Afro-Surrealist story about a giant woman and a tiny man who through the power of touch, experience an unexpected transformation.

Music by Pablo Casals

Lightmare by Josh Drake

Lightmare Captures the anxiety of the neighborhood after an unknown group of people race motorcycles illegally, using negative space as a mask to subvert the audience’s expectations of horizon and depth. In contrast, much of the content underscores the triviality of the perceived threat.

Music by Peri Mauer

Loopy by Max Cianci and Anthony Peduzzi

Drawn to a mysterious window, a man decides to investigate a seemingly abandoned building. As he makes his way to the source of his curiosity, what he uncovers is worse than he could ever imagine.

Music by Cristina Spinei

The Rabbit and the Snare by Calum Hotchkiss and Gemma Eve

During the turn of the 20th century, a man contemplates life when he falls into isolation after the death of his young daughter. He is forced to survive a snowy Canadian winter while accompanied by an unusual companion.

Music by Charles Coleman

Dodo’s Birth by Daniel Goldblum

A Lithuanian woman struggles to reconnect with her homeland. Filmed at the Joninės midsummer festivals and the Curonian Spit.

On a desolate arctic shore, a lonely fisherman discovers his prehistoric counterpart frozen in the ice, and thaws him out as his newfound soul brother.

Music by Angelo Hart

 

The Ephemeral Orphanage by Lisa Barcy

A group of tattered paper dolls daydream alternate realities and surreptitiously explore the hidden lives of their strict and secretive caregivers. Created with found paper dolls cut from a 1920’s newspaper and found in an attic, the film explores the adults attempt to dictate what girls learn, and the children’s talent for discovering forbidden knowledge.

Music by Natasha Bogojevic

PROGRAM TWO

Vacationland by Alexander Bickford

The dizzying dreams of summertime.

Music by Kelsee Vandervall

PROGRAM

Ratenfalle by Win Brooks
A dark comedy exploring the horrors of modern cuisine and the palatability of revenge.

Music by Regina Harris Baiocchi

 

The Reel by JohnBen Lacy

The Reel is a lyrical ode to the magic and power of film, painting the projectionist as a conduit for the cinematic experience. A hybrid craft documentary and reflexive essay, the film offers a pastiche of iconic film imagery guided by montage theory that presents Hollywood archetypes as pawns of an ephemeral existence.

Music by Zygmund de Somogyi

Activities

Kid Zone

Games, face paiting and activities to entertain yout little ones

2pm  Magic with robMagic with rob

3pm  Instruments Petting Zoo
           with Traic Newhouse

4pm  Jennifer Viets

5pm  Dawn-Marie’s Toddler Jam

6pm  Magic with Rob

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