Since I keep forgetting to schedule Silent Movie Mondays at the Paramount, Sparrows is my chance to redeem myself. The movie stars screen legend Mary Pickford in her penultimate silent film, "a Dickensian tale of orphans living on a baby farm run by an evil caretaker."
From SIFF's website:
The movie boasts highly stylized sets, including an ominous-looking swamp, and atmospheric cinematography that illustrates the growing influence of German expressionist cinema on American filmmakers in the 1920s. One of the actress’s darker-themed pictures is considered by many to be her best, including her business partner and onscreen rival Charlie Chaplin. The feature is preceded by the Sparrows trailer and outtakes.
Original score performed live by Dan Redfeld, a composer and conductor who has composed music for such silent classics The Phantom of the Opera, The Black Pirate, Safety Last, The Adventures of Prince Achmed, Robin Hood, and many more. In July 2009, he premiered his original score for Sparrows commissioned by the Library of Congress and the Alex Film Society.
In addition, Christel Schmidt will be there to present the film and sign copies of her book, Mary Pickford: Queen of the Movies.
Tickets are $13 for adults, $8 for SIFF members, and $12 for youth (under 20) and seniors (over 65). NO PASSES WILL BE ACCEPTED FOR THIS SPECIAL ENGAGEMENT, THOUGH YOU CAN USE VOUCHERS AT THE RATE OF TWO VOUCHERS PER TICKET. The movie starts at 7 pm. Running time for Sparrows is 88 minutes, but with trailers, outtakes, and introductions, I would expect the movie to be finished around 9 pm.
Here is a link to the film: http://www.siff.net/cinema/detail.aspx?FID=261&id=45981
You should arrive between 6:30 and 6:45. Buy your ticket outside, then meet me in the lobby. At roughly 6:50, we will head into the theater to grab our seats. Once the movie is finished, we will regroup in the lobby before heading out to one of the local eating establishments for our post-film discussion, most likely at the Mecca Cafe or Pagliacci's, depending on how many people decide to stick around. Also, feel free to buy Schmidt's book--we'll wait for you.
Note: There is free parking after 6 pm in SIFF's parking lot. Merely park in the loading zone in front of the theater and ask for a parking pass at the box office. Put that on your dash, then take a right on Republican. The parking lot will be on your left, behind the Mediterranean Inn and across the street from the Safeway parking lot. If you're coming by bus, many buses stop near the Uptown, including the D line, 1, 2, 8, and 32.
Hope to see you there!