WRITTEN BY JULIA GIAMMONA
St. Francis College is sponsoring a trio of classic films with the accompaniment of piano accompanist, Ben Model.
SFC will be screening three silent films with original piano scores by Model over the course of the next three months. Screenings of these classic silent films will be held in Founders Hall.
The first silent film Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror, directed by F.W. Murnau, will be screened on Tuesday, February 4 at 11am.
Speedy starring Harold Lloyd will play on Thursday, March 6 at 3pm, and will be dedicated in memory of Scott Nigro. Last but not least, It with Clara Bow will screen on Thursday, April 3 at 1:20pm.
The Department of Communication Arts, Campus Events, and the Dean’s Office are sponsoring these three films, with It being co-sponsored by the Women’s Studies Center.
A five-time recipient of the Meet The Composer grant, Model is a regular accompanist at classic film festivals around the U.S. and in Norway, he also performs at universities, museums, and historic theaters.
Model has played his original piano and organ compositions alongside silent films at the Museum of Modern Art for almost 30 years, and made his first performance at SFC last October with his musical accompaniment to Buster Keaton’s The General.