Yes, I did manage to make it to the 18th annual KANSAS SILENT FILM FESTIVAL at Topeka last Friday evening 28 February. It was my fifth year in attending the opening Friday night's events.
The features were: a) a cartoon, to-wit: FELIX IN HOLLYWOOD (1923); b) ELLA CINDERS (1926 with Colleen Moore); and c) DOUBLING FOR ROMEO (1921 with the great Will Rogers).
The real treat was an unexpected bonus opening one-reeler--the 1912 British silent A CANINE SHERLOCK HOLMES. In this wonderful pastiche the consulting detective (one "Hawksworth") is more than ably assisted by his little canine pup "Spot." The dog steels the movie and the audience (over 200) howled, laughed and clapped as Spot feigns being hit in the street by a car so as to gain access into the criminal lair :D
The other main treat was the music--as always SUPERB and thrilling--just to see these films the way original audiences all over the United States saw them in their own little Bijou's, Uptown's, Rialto's, Orpheum's and Crown's (or whatever the local movie Palace was called...for they WERE Palaces!)
The world famous Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra accompanied the feature with Will Rogers.
Local talents Marvin Faulwell (organist supreme) and Bob Keckeisen (principal percussionist at the Topeka Symphony Orchestra & assistant director) played a bravura score for the ELLA CINDERS movie. And, maybe my favorite (just cause he's so friendly and personable; and brilliant on the ivory and black keys) was JEFF RAPSIS playing the opening overture, the intermission number (to accompany a slide presentation) and the backing for FELIX GOES TO HOLLYWOOD.
I could not find a Youtube clip of Mr. Rapsis playing, but include the one below where he introduces the screening of the famously found (in Argentina) and restored Fritz Lang METROPOLIS (which I own on Kino DVD)
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- - - eugor