Oct. 30--A classic of the silver screen will be brought to life on Friday at MACA's first-ever Sounds of Silence movie screening.
The event, a silent movie accompanied by live piano music improvised by composer Nathan Shirley, will allow folks to step back in time and enjoy early cinema in a unique atmosphere.
"People will see what it would have been like, almost a full century ago, to watch these early films with a live pianist improvising music on the spot to match the actions and emotions happening on screen," said Shirley. "The music will not be a historical approximation of what might have been heard back then, for back then every pianist/organist you heard would have been different, sometimes extremely different. So in the spirit of these events, I will be playing my own style of music, improvised as I see fit."
Shirley originally created and performed the Sounds of Silence show in Asheville a year ago and decided to revive the event as a way of helping MACA and sharing these classics with the public.
The first Sounds of Silence film will be Buster Keaton's "The General," which should excite film enthusiasts.
"Orson Welles actually considered it ("The General) to be the greatest film ever made," said Shirley. "The film is basically a car racing movie, except set back in the Civil War, so replace the cars with trains! To top it off it's based on a true story."
The second and third movies of the Sound of Silence series will be shown on Friday, Nov. 8 and Saturday, Nov. 9, but Friday's showing of "The General" will be a special one for MACA, since proceeds from the show will help them with efforts to fix the roof.
"We have $18,000 to raise," said MACA's Executive Director Susan Pyatt.
Friday's Sound of Silence film will start at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $7 for the public and $5 for students and members of MACA. Free popcorn will be provided thanks to the donation of an old-timey popcorn machine from Carl Landrum of H&R Block, and additional snacks and drinks will be available for purchase before the film starts.
More information about Friday's event can be found by calling 652-8610.
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