WELCOME to the Messageboard for the Boston Science Fiction Film Festival and Marathon!!
SF/45 is history. Thanks to all involved. Here were the films shown (in order) MIRACLE MILE. FIEND WITHOUT A FACE. SPACEBALLS. MYSTERIOUS ISLAND w/Harryhausen's Daughter Vanessa In Person! 1920's DR. JEYKLL & MR. HYDE w/Jeff Rapsis Live Music! ALTERED STATES. Cronenberg's THE FLY. MIDNIGHT SPECIAL. SECONDS. DIE MONSTER DIE. TARANTULA. FAST COLOR. SOYLENT GREEN. Add your suggestions using the link below. Also, there's a handy link to a filmmography of past events. Comments on this year's Selections? Post here:
Your View on this year's Line-Up?
INFORMATION PAGE for SF/45? Click here
List of ALL Films that have played the Marathon. Click below
Click here for The History Of The Marathon/Festival

The Next Marathon will be held Presidents' Day Weekend 2020 at the Somerville Theater, Somerville Massachusetts.
It will be preceded by the Boston Science Fiction Film Festival at the same venue. Tickets & Info: www.Bostonsci-fi.com


  Welcome, Guest. Please Login or Register
   
  HomeHelpSearchLoginRegister  
 
 
Debate: SILENT FILMS at 'THON-Every year? (Read 334 times)
Nov 16th, 2019 at 9:09am

L.A. Connection   Offline
YaBB Administrator
SF Rocks

Gender: male
Posts: 1574
*****
 
One of the great aspects of the Marathon is the event showing Silent Movies, usually with LIVE musical scores played in the theatre.

But, as most genre fans know, there is a very limited number of genuine sci-fi movies that were made, and even fewer that survive with showable prints.

Should the Silent Film "slot" be an annual event or space them out more??
 
IP Logged
 
Reply #1 - Nov 19th, 2019 at 8:18pm

Lile   Offline
Full Member
SF Rocks

Posts: 172
***
 
I wouldn’t mind silent movies more frequently, but I’ld also like to see more anime and foreign science fiction as well. One of the things I like about the ‘thon is seeing is seeing a movie that didn’t get wide distribution or only did the festival circuit, like Coherence and Grabbers.
 
IP Logged
 
Reply #2 - Dec 1st, 2019 at 9:31pm

Jeff Rapsis   Offline
YaBB Newbies
SF Rocks

Posts: 8
*
 
Coming from an ever-so-slightly biased point of view: as the festival's house accompanist, I'm certainly in favor of silents at the marathon! Creating live music for early sci-fi epics at the 'Thon is one of the yearly highlights of my performance calendar: few audiences are as enthusiastic, and audience response is a big part of the silent film experience. Also, it's a real privilege to bring to life visionary cinema from an era when filmmakers were just discovering the possibilities of the movie camera, sci-fi or otherwise. Often these are films you simply won't see elsewhere, and the chance to bring them to life once again on the Somerville's big screen in front of an audience is a part of the Marathon to be savored.
 
IP Logged
 
Reply #3 - Dec 1st, 2019 at 11:52pm

L.A. Connection   Offline
YaBB Administrator
SF Rocks

Gender: male
Posts: 1574
*****
 
Jeff Rapsis wrote on Dec 1st, 2019 at 9:31pm:
Coming from an ever-so-slightly biased point of view: as the festival's house accompanist, I'm certainly in favor of silents at the marathon! Creating live music for early sci-fi epics at the 'Thon is one of the yearly highlights of my performance calendar: few audiences are as enthusiastic, and audience response is a big part of the silent film experience. Also, it's a real privilege to bring to life visionary cinema from an era when filmmakers were just discovering the possibilities of the movie camera, sci-fi or otherwise. Often these are films you simply won't see elsewhere, and the chance to bring them to life once again on the Somerville's big screen in front of an audience is a part of the Marathon to be savored.


Jeff Rapsis is a Hall Of Fame Marathoner!
 
IP Logged
 
Reply #4 - Dec 13th, 2019 at 7:47pm

Dinsdale   Offline
Junior Member
SF Rocks

Posts: 57
**
 
Given the limited number of silent sci-fi films, might be better to space them out a bit. Then again I'm not getting any younger and it might be nice to see them all before I leave for the next planet.
 
IP Logged
 
Reply #5 - Dec 28th, 2019 at 10:26am

kirok1   Offline
YaBB Newbies
anybody order fried sauerkraut?

Gender: male
Posts: 24
*
 
"                                                                       "
 
IP Logged