Episode 60 Show Notes: “Music on the Road: Late Summer – Autumn 2023” Ben demonstrates contrasting styles and instrument sounds for shows of The Loves of Casanova (1927), Safety Last (1923), Second Fiddle (1923). Theme & Introductions MoMA in August… Read More »Episode 60 show notes: The Silent Film Music Podcast
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In this episode: accompanying several films at MoMA in August of new restorations and a series of early color process silents; audience response difference between San Francisco Silent Film Festival and MoMA screening, and how this affected Ben’s score in… Read More »ep. 60: Music on the Road: Late Summer – Autumn 2023
I’ve heard Kickstarting a home-video project referred to as, essentially, pre-ordering the Blu-ray or DVD. It is, and it isn’t. For the fan or consumer, in the sense of the definition of “pre-ordering”, backing a Kickstarted Blu/DVD project certainly looks… Read More »Kickstarting and Pre-ordering
Episode 59 Show Notes: “The Dog Days are here (July), but maybe not in San Francisco” Undercrank Productions’ 10th Anniversary Accompanying Edward Everett Horton shorts at the San Francisco Silent Film Festival New Tom Mix restorations released in July from… Read More »Episode 59 show notes: The Silent Film Music Podcast
In this episode: Ben talks about preparing for his performance at the San Francisco Silent Film Festival, his first time at the fest; his Undercrank Productions home video label celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2023; Ben talks about the two… Read More »ep. 59: San Francisco Silent Film Fest, Undercrank’s 10th Anniversary, Tom Mix, and More
The Williams Center in Rutherford NJ is in the building that was originally built in 1922. It was originally known as the Rivoli and boasted a seating capacity of 2,200. The Rivoli presented movies as well as vaudeville. A fire… Read More »The Williams Center – Rutherford NJ
I am flattered when I read comments in social media or in people’s blog posts mentioning me as a film preservationist. It’s an honorable and lofty title, and there’s something beyond modesty that makes me think “Aww, no, no…you’re too… Read More »Ben Model: Film Preservationist?
The month-long sale on Undercrank Productions Blu-rays and DVDs is over now, and I am grateful to everyone who bought any of our releases. The celebration of Undercrank’s 10th anniversary was a two-fold opportunity to thank and to serve silent… Read More »A Thank-You Note For Undercrank’s 10th Anniversary
Episode 58 Show Notes: “Potato salad…!” Recording scores for streaming and home video is different from a live performance Sign up for Ben’s regular email here to keep up with all his activities.
In this episode: Ben talks about doing double-duty as both silent film accompanist and Blu-ray producer-distributor; Ben talks about accompanying “Clash of the Wolves” starring Rin-Tin-Tin at the TCM Classic Film Festival and the differences between this performance and the… Read More »ep. 58: “Potato Salad”, TCM Classic Film Festival, Ernie Kovacs, Undercrank Prods 10th Anniversary