April 2, 2012

Moisture Festival - SIFF Collaboration 'The Sound Of Silents With A Side Of Schtick' April 5th Uptown Theater

SIFF Cinema at the Uptown
Running time: 120 Minutes with live entertainment

Presented by Moisture Festival in collaboration with SIFF, the Seattle Composers Alliance, and the Seattle Jazz Composers Ensemble. 

Tickets: $15 | 12 SIFF Members  7:30pm April 5th
SIFF passes and vouchers are not valid for this special presentation.
There will be a 20 minute intermission.

Travel back to a bygone era when cinema and vaudeville shared the bill for a brief moment in history at this one-night-only event that will be bursting at the seams with entertainment! SIFF has joined forces with three fantastic partners to present a unique evening combining classic silent cinema, live music and unconventional vaudeville performance.

For your viewing pleasure, revel in an exceptional collection of early cinema––shorts ranging from 1907-1934 that include the first film of Orson Welles, an abstract masterpiece, Pathé Brothers masterworks and one of the first films ever shown in the U.S. Each film is accompanied by a newly written original score by members of the Seattle Composers Alliance and the Seattle Jazz Composers Ensemble and performed live by our chamber orchestra!

In between films, Moisture Festival transports us even further into this singular era of entertainment history with a carefully curated and curious collection of vaudeville acts, all presented by our Master of Ceremonies, the inimitable Kevin Joyce.

Ladies, dust off those flapper dresses! Both men and women are encouraged to dress for this occasion in your finest early 20th century attire.

Expect the unexpected!

Films and composers:

The Hearts of Age, 1934, director Orson Welles, composer Michael Owcharuk 
Symphonie Diagonale, 1924, director Viking Eggeling, composer Catherine Grealish
Policeman's Little Run, 1907, director  Ferdinand Zecca, composer Eric Nielsen
The Golden Beetle, 1907, director Segundo de Chomón, composer Beth Fleenor
The Great Train Robbery, 1903, director Edwin S. Porter, composer Nate Omdal
Voyage dans la Lune, 1902, director Georges Méliès, composer Jeff Tolbert


Magician, Jay Alexander: Great Grandson of a legendary vaudeville performer, Jay has performed at high profile parties for celebrities like, Robin Williams, The Rolling Stones, Francis Ford Coppolla, Bono, John Cleese and many, many more.

Physical comedian, Bill Robison: His performances are a synthesis of outlandish comedy, an elastic face, a penchant for the absurd and a reckless sense of abandon.

Rarely seen on the stage in the 21st century, Alfredo Fettuccine will charm you with his irrational exuberance and astound you with his impossible repertoire of magic. 

Caela Bailey as Vaudeville Goddess Mae West, she'll grace us with her wise words and sultry songs.  

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