It’s time for the Silent Film Spectacular! This award-winning program features screenings of six 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. 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. 8 at 7 pm – “Faust” with Blacklight Lighthouse
- Oct. 15 at 7 pm – “The Penalty” with Ryan Devine and BeatRoot
- Oct. 19 at 2 pm – “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea” with Time Travel Book Club
- Oct. 22 at 7 pm – “Metropolis” with lastdayshining
- Oct. 29 at 7 pm – “Man with a Movie Camera” with Yoma
- Nov. 2 at 2 pm – “The Golem” with Clank
“Faust” with live, original music by Blacklight Lighthouse
Oct. 8 (Wed) at 7 pm at the Main Library
F.W. Murnau used innovative special effects in his 1926 interpretation of Goethe’s classic tale of good versus evil. Blacklight Lighthouse creates loops and samples layered with acoustic and electronic instrumentation resulting in an oculauditory experience that will delight the audience.
“The Penalty” with live, original music by Ryan Devine and BeatRoot
Oct. 15 (Wed) at 7 pm at the Main Library
Lon Chaney plays a deranged criminal seeking revenge against the surgeon who unnecessarily amputated both of his legs in this dark 1920 film. Ryan Devine has been playing and teaching in Albany for 10 years and will perform his original score with current band, BeatRoot (Justin Fuld, Tony Califano, Derek Dobson) and special guests.
“20,000 Leagues Under the Sea” with live, original music by Time Travel Book Club
Oct. 19 (Sun) at 2 pm at the Main Library
This 1916 enchanting re-imagining of the Jules Verne sci-fi classic is the first movie to be filmed underwater. Time Travel Book Club (Ryan Stewart, Andrew Siskind, and guests) will use modular synthesis, guitar, piano, electronics, and percussion to create a soundscape evocative of the deep sea.
“Metropolis” with live, original music by lastdayshining
Oct. 22 (Wed) at 7 pm at the Main Library
This 1927 Fritz Lang masterpiece takes place against the backdrop of a futuristic city with a sharply divided population. Albany band 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.
“Man with a Movie Camera” with live, original music by Yoma
Oct. 29 (Wed) at 7 pm at the Main Library
Unapologetically groundbreaking and avant-garde, this 1929 film follows a man documenting urban life as it blossoms around him in surreal and jarring ways. Yoma is a five-piece instrumental rock band from Albany that brings a fresh, hard-hitting sound to the genre.
“The Golem” with live, original music by Clank
Nov. 2 (Sun) at 2 pm at the Main Library
The Golem of Hebrew legend comes to life in Paul Wegener’s 1920 classic silent horror film. Clank is an electronic musical duo that uses synthesizers, samplers, effects pedals, electric guitars, and modifiers to create live soundscapes of spontaneous sounds, loops, and samples woven together.