It’s October, which means that it’s time once again for another round of Silent Film Spectacular presentations, in which local 518 musicians perform live, original scores to accompany classic silent films at 7pm on Wednesday evenings throughout the month of October at the main branch of the Albany Public Library. The result is a truly unique film-going experience.
It all starts on Wednesday (October 9), and admission is FREE. Here’s the full schedule of films/musicians:
WEDNESDAY (OCTOBER 9), 7pm
“The Lodger” (1927)
Music by Ryan Slowey, Meg Duffy, Sean Fortune, Chris Jordan and Tommy Krebs
“The Lodger” is Alfred Hitchcock’s 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 to form a one-night-only “silent film super-group.”
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 16, 7pm
“The Adventures of Prince Achmed” (1926)
Music by lastdayshining
This 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 dynamic and dramatic sound.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 23, 7pm
“The Wind” (1928)
Music by Blacklight Lighthouse
“The Wind” is an American romantic drama directed by Victor Sjöstrom, featuring 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 experimental collage mode to create climatic soundscapes and improvisations.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 30, 7pm
Music by Helicoprion
This rarely screened film 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 creating a chilling and multisensory experience.
ADDITIONAL REAL GOOD FOR FREE EVENTS FOR 2013
Troy Chowderfest @ Riverfront Park, Troy, Sunday, October 13)
Matt Durfee and Music Matters @ Albany Public Library, Albany (Mondays through October 22)
Live! Folklife Concerts @ Crandall Public Library, Glens Falls (Thursdays through November 21)