Silent Film Theater @ The Royal Room, Seattle [17 April]

Silent Film Theater

18:30 - 20:30

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The Royal Room
5000 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, Washington 98118
Dave Keenan and Nova Devonie perform their original scores live to classic, silent films at Seattle's premier music house, The Royal Room. We've booked a 3-consecutive-Tuesdays residency to present our music live with these films ~

All scores commissioned by The NW Film Forum

Doors open at 6:30, show starts at 7:30. Film lengths listed below

Apr 10th «The Adventures of Prince Achmed»
Apr 17th «Steamboat Bill Jr.»
Apr 24th «Lotte Reiniger's Fairy Tale Series»

~ «Achmed» 1926. The oldest existing feature length, animated film created by Lotte Reiniger using the silhouette film technique she is credited with inventing — all made with paper cutouts — every frame is a work of art and is based on the Arabian Nights tales. We use accordion, guitar, banjo, viola, glockenspiel, slide whistle, percussion and other gadgets in this score. Commissioned in 2008. 67 minutes
Showing: April 10th, 2018

~ «Jr.» 1928. The great Stoneface of Comedy, Buster Keaton, tells the tale of a riverboat captain father's journey of acceptance of his son (Buster) who doesn't seem to 'measure up'. This is the film with the famous scene in which a building wall falls over Jr., nearly squashing him except for a strategically aligned window… The director was said to have closed his eyes while this scene was filmed! We use accordion, guitar, ukulele, banjo, viola, glockenspiel, and kazoo's in this score.
Commissioned in 2014. 70 minutes
Showing: April 17th, 2018

~ «Fairy Tales» This is a collection of short films by the prolific Lotte Reiniger. «The Ant and the Grasshopper» 1954, «Sleeping Beauty» 1954, «The Tocher» 1937, «Doktor Doolittle» 1927, «The Marquise's Secret» 1920.
More work from the fantastic Lotte Reiniger in which she tackles the fairy tales of yore plus some unexpected forays into the world of advertising — with remarkable results. In fact, some of my favorite scenes are of the fairies in The Tocher. Each score is unique and assists in telling the story thru music.
Originally commissioned in 2013, we added our score to The Ant and Grasshopper in 2018.
We use accordion, guitar, violin, viola, ukulele, glockenspiel and toy piano for these scores.
50 minutes
Showing: April 24th, 2018

All films kid-friendly.
(by the standards of the mid-20th century...)

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If you haven't been to the Royal Room in Columbia City, expect lots of seating, great sightlines, good food, good sound and a family friendly atmosphere. No cover charge, we get paid by donations from our audience.
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