Friday, June 28, 2013

This Weekend At Niles: 16th Annual Broncho Billy Silent Film Festival

Silent movies rule yet again in the San Francisco Bay Area twice every summer, once at the Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum and a few weeks later at San Francisco's Castro Theatre.

This year's fest commemorates the centennial of filmmaking in Niles with, among other programs, an afternoon featuring the few still existing 1912-1913 westerns produced by none other than the legendary Gilbert M. "Broncho Billy" Anderson, a premiere of a western filmed recently in the same Niles Canyon locations, an all-animation show featuring Lotte Reineger's The Adventures Of Prince Achmed, a presentation on the Northern California's historic (and stunning) art deco movie palaces and an appearance by author, historian and silent movie star Diana Serra Cary (a.k.a. Baby Peggy).

Quoting the press release by the museum's Rena Azevedo Kiehn, and the article on the festival in The Tri-City Voice, "if you haven't seen a silent movie in awhile (or ever!) if you keep meaning to stop by, THIS IS THE WEEKEND to come to the movies in Niles! Really! There are classic comedy movies with Marion Davies and Buster Keaton! There are films on animation and stunts! There will be a walking tour and a presentation on classic Bay Area Theaters and one on locations of Sherlock, Jr. There are films made 100 years ago right here - and one made THIS YEAR!"

The 16th Annual Broncho Billy Silent Film Festival holds forth at the Edison Theater, 37417 Niles Boulevard, Fremont, CA 94536-2949.

So, Northern California and Bay Area classic movie buffs, do the right thing, take a break from Turner Classic Movies this weekend and head on down to Niles for a weekend of historic silent movie goodness.

One can check out the schedule, buy advance tickets and festival passes online here or purchase tickets the old-fashioned way, by bringing this order form in person to the museum.

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