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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Awards $5,000 Grant to Support Dryden Theatre’s Silent Tuesdays

Rochester, N.Y., May 10, 2017—The George Eastman Museum announced that it has been awarded a grant of $5,000 from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences through its FilmWatch program. Grant funds will support live musical accompaniment for more than 15 silent films to be screened in the museum’s Dryden Theatre as part of the 2017–18 Silent Tuesdays program.

“The Academy has been a longtime supporter of the museum and its mission, and has enabled us to remain committed to presenting films as close to the way audiences would have seen them on their original release,” said Jurij Meden, curator of film exhibitions, Moving Image Department, George Eastman Museum. “We exhibit rare silent film titles and classics so that audiences can expand their knowledge and enjoyment of cinema in the best way possible.”

The screening of the silent film heritage has been a mainstay of Dryden Theatre programming since the theater first opened to the public in 1951. Dryden audiences experience archival projection of silent films at the correct speed, the correct aspect ratio, and accompanied by one of the most talented, knowledgeable, and versatile musicians in the field, Dr. Philip Carli.

The Dryden’s Silent Tuesdays builds on the historic silent era of cinema which saw films accompanied by solo artists on piano or violin, and sometimes, with full orchestras. Today, Dr. Carli is the Dryden’s principal musician. Dr. Carli is a film historian, pianist, music theory instructor, and composer, and he performs regularly at the Giornate del Cinema Muto in Pordenone, Italy, and other venues worldwide that screen silent films.

The 2017–18 season for Silent Tuesdays at the Dryden Theatre will kick off on Tuesday, May 30, at 7:30 p.m. with a screening of Nell Gwyn (Herbert Wilcox, UK 1926). In this period drama, Dorothy Gish gives her all in the tale of the orange-seller who became one of the iconic figures of 17th-century English theatre, a favorite mistress of Charles II, and a beloved public figure in her country.

The series continues this summer with the following films:

Tuesday, July 4, 7:30 p.m.
A Day’s Pleasure (Charles Chaplin, US 1919, 24 min., 35mm)
Shoulder Arms (Charles Chaplin, US 1918, 45 min., 35mm)

Tuesday, July 11, 7:30 p.m.
Charcuterie mécanique (The Mechanical Butcher, Lumière, France 1896, 1 min., 35mm)
Le squelette joyeux (Lumière, France 1897, 1 min., 35mm)
Le voyage dans la lune (A Trip to the Moon, Georges Méliès, France 1902, 13 min., 35mm)
Le voyage à travers l’impossible (The Voyage Across the Impossible, Georges Méliès, France 1904, 20 min., 35mm)
Le matelas alcoolique (The Drunken Mattress, Alice Guy, France 1906, 9 min., 35mm)
Les fromages automobiles (The Skipping Cheese, Georges Méliès, France 1907, 4 min., 35mm)
La rose bleue (A Busy Cupid, Léonce Perret, France 1911, 7 min., 35mm)

Tuesday, July 18, 7:30 p.m.
Speedy (Ted Wilde, US 1928, 85 min., 35mm)

Tuesday, July 25, 7:30 p.m.
The Great Train Robbery (Edwin S. Porter, US 1903, 12 min., 35mm)
Way Down East (D. W. Griffith, US 1920, 148 min., 35mm)

Tuesday, August 1, 7:30 p.m.
The Phantom Carriage (Körkarlen, Victor Sjöström, Sweden 1921, 93 min., 35mm, Swedish w/subtitles)

Screenings for September 2017 through April 2018 will be announced later this summer. Tickets for Silent Tuesday screenings are $8 general, $6 Eastman Museum members, and $4 students (with ID). They are available at the Dryden box office 45 minutes before screening. Take-10 passes (good for 10 individual admissions) are also available at the box office for $65 general, $45 Eastman Museum members, and $30 students (w/ID). For more information, visit eastman.org/dryden. 

About FilmWatch
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science’s FilmWatch grants support curated screening programs at North America–based film festivals, film societies, and other film-related organizations. The Academy Grants program provides financial support to qualifying film festivals, educational institutions, and film scholars and supports the Academy’s overall mission: to recognize and uphold excellence in the motion picture arts and sciences, inspire imagination, and connect the world through the medium of motion pictures.