Local Bands Highlight of Silent Film Spectacular Series

Albany Public Library 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 p.m. The performances are free and open to the public. For more information, please call 427-4349.

This year’s Silent Film Spectacular programs are:


“The Lodger” with live, original music by Ryan Slowey, Meg Duffy, Sean Fortune, Chris Jordan, and Tommy Krebs

Oct. 9 (Wed) at 7 p.m. at the Main Library

“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. Don’t miss this killer combination of local rockers.


“The Adventures of Prince Achmed” with live, original music by lastdayshining

Oct. 16 (Wed) at 7 p.m. at the Main Library

This 1926 release is the oldest surviving animated feature film. Director Lotte Reininger uses paper and lead cutouts to illustrate the Arabian Nights story with tinted silhouettes. 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.


“The Wind” with live, original music by Blacklight Lighthouse

Oct. 23 (Wed) at 7 p.m. at the Main Library

“The Wind” is a 1928 American romantic drama directed by Victor Sjöstrom that features his trademark 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 climatic soundscapes using experimental and improvisational analog and digital instrumentation.


“Waxworks” with live, original music by Helicoprion

Oct. 30 (Wed) at 7 p.m. at the Main Library

“Waxworks,” a rarely seen film from 1924 by director Paul Leni, is a trilogy of 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 viewer a chilling and multisensory experience.

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