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June 13, 2006 > 9th Annual Broncho Billy Silent Film Festival

9th Annual Broncho Billy Silent Film Festival

by Linda Stone

Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum (NESFM) presents the 9th Annual Broncho Billy Film Festival on June 23, 24, 25. This organization is dedicated to providing a safe haven for collections of historical artifacts and movie memorabilia, especially those relating to the former Essanay Film Manufacturing Company of Niles and silent film production in the greater Bay Area. Most months of the year, NESFM sponsors film showings from the silent era, but June is a special month, reserved for the festival; this year, called "From Both Sides of the Camera: Baggot, Barrymore, Turpin & Lloyd" featuring Broncho Billy, Ben Turpin, Charlie Chaplin, Harold Lloyd, and a tribute to King Baggot, among others.

Beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, folks can meet and greet each other before settling down to opening remarks and the presentation of the Ray Hubbard Award given for unusual and dedicated support to the quest of finding, preserving and sharing the history of Niles, especially as it relates to film. Mr. Hubbard was a television producer and broadcasting executive; an outspoken proponent of vintage American films. At 8 p.m. Stephen Hubbard will host a documentary "The Bridge Builders" on building San Francisco's famed Golden Gate Bridge. After intermission the movies begin with "The Tomboy at Bar Z" - Gilbert Anderson; "Snakeville's Champion" - Ben Turpin, Lloyd Bacon; "Easy Street" (1917) and "The Rink" (1916) with Bruce Loeb at the piano.

A morning of films is scheduled for Saturday. Richard Roberts hosts "Ben Turpin and Friends" and David Drazin provides piano accompaniment for "Mr. Flip" - Ben Turpin (1909); "His New Job" - Ben Turpin and Charlie Chaplin (1915); "The Harem" - Ben Turpin and Rube Miller (1916); "Curses - They Remarked" - Chester Conklin (1914); "The Janitor" - Hank Mann (1919); "The Cockeyed Family" - Ben Turpin (1928); and "The Keystone Hotel" - All Star Cast (1935).

The afternoon begins with a presentation on Stunts and Special Effects in Early Westerns moderated by Larry Telles and a round table discussion with Diana Cary, Bob Birchard, and Sprague Anderson. Also, Flaming Youth of the Roaring '20s will be hosted by Chris Snowden. Movies include: "Tumbleweeds" - William S. Hart with Molly Axtmann at the piano; "My Lady of Whims" -Clara Bow, Donald Keith (1925); "The Relay" -George Lewis and Eddie Phillips (1927); "The Campus Vamp"  -Daphne Pollard, Carole Lombard (1928); and "Flashing Oars" -George Lewis, Eddie Phillips (1927) with Frederick Hodges at the piano.

On Saturday evening the fun continues with Annette Lloyd hosting Rural and Otherwise: The Many Faces of Harold Lloyd. Movies include: "Billy Blazes, Esquire" -Snub Pollard, Bebe Daniels (1919);  "All Aboard"  -Snub Pollard, Bebe Daniels (1917); "The City Slicker" -Snub Pollard, Bebe Daniels (1918); "I'm On My Way" -Snub Pollard, Bebe Daniels (1919); and "Pay Your Dues" -Snub Pollard, Bebe Daniels (1919) with Judy Rosenberg at the piano.

Concluding the evening from 9:15 to 10:30 p.m., the feature film, hosted by David Shepard, will be "Valley of the Giants" - Milton Sills, Doris Kenyon, Arthur Stone, George Fawcett (1927) with Phil Carli at the piano.

On Sunday, the last day of the festival, the morning will start out with a tribute to King Baggot hosted by Sally Dumaux and the movie will be "Human Hearts" -House Peters, Russell Simpson (1922) with Phil Carli at the piano.

In the afternoon, David Kiehn will host Growing up with the Movies - An interview with Les Thomsen.

The festival will wrap up Sunday evening with David Shepard hosting the closing film "Beloved Rogue" -John Barrymore, Conrad Veidt, Marceline Day with Jon Mirsalis at the piano

Broncho Billy Film Festival
June 23, 24, 25
Niles Edison Theater
37417 Niles Blvd., Fremont
(510) 494-1411
For event schedule and prices, visit www.nilesfilmmuseum.org or www.niles.org.

 
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