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May 29, 2007 > Tilden Club at CSD invites public to Silent Film Festival

Tilden Club at CSD invites public to Silent Film Festival

Silent films are nothing new, certainly not to elementary school students of The Tilden Club at California School for the Deaf. To celebrate the past and ongoing contribution of silent films, these students are hosting a Silent Film Festival on Saturday, June 2. In addition to a student/parent-created film, there will be student-led art booths where everyone can do hands-on activities, view the art gallery inside the lobby, and be entertained by high school senior Dack Virnig performing as Charlie Chaplin. Also, teacher Maureen Klusza Horwitz, known for her cartoons, has volunteered to create caricature drawings of festival goers.

The Tilden Club students will be honoring Granville Redmond, who was a former student of Tilden and roommate as well while Tilden was in France; Granville Redmond was a famous tonality painter and one of Charlie Chaplin's closest friends. Charlie gave Redmond a space in his studio and Redmond taught Charlie American Sign Language. In one of Charlie's silent film, "A Dog's Life" Granville plays a role and there is a scene where Charlie used ASL

To honor the relationship between Charlie Chaplin and Granville Redmond, the Tildeners will be wrapping up the Silent Film Festival with their very own recreation of "A Dog's Life" performed by the elementary students. Filming was done in Niles, just as Charlie's original.

Silent Film Festival
Saturday, June 2
6:30 p.m.
California School for the Deaf's Little Theater
39350 Gallaudet Drive, Fremont
(510) 794-3707 voice/TTY

Information: Cat Cassidy at funniah@yahoo.com.
Tickets can be purchased at the Outreach Division at the California School for the Deaf, http://www.csdf.k12.ca.us/outreach/festival.htm#festival
Admission: $5 per person (free for 3 years old and younger)

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