2 organ shows: Red Bank Film Fest and Silent Clowns
October 22 - NYC - accompanied Phantom of the Opera on the mighty Miditzer theatre organ. Print was actually a composite of a few prints in 16mm (we can only do 16mm at the SCFS but Bruce (Lawton) makes 16mm look good. Miditzer set-up was pretty straightforward and quick, as always, with the laptop running into XLR inputs (panned L and R for stereo) in the stage. The instrument, while not as ornate or impressive-looking as the rented Allen, sounds way more like a real Wurli. [Allen's more recent organs do sound like the real thing, but those models generally are not the ones available for rentals. I've played their 2-manual C19 for a few shows, and it sounds great.] Not exactly a huge throng (we got squeezed out of being listed...it's all a matter of space in a mag like TimeOut), but the people who came had a great time and really liked the theatre organ sound. Wish I could use the Miditzer for more shows.
Other shows that've happened in the last 10 days, were a couple education programs at AMMI of CC's The Immigrant, and the opening program of MoMA's "Friday Night at the Movies", a weekly series for high school students. The kids get free pizza and a movie, plus a 'student' pass to get into MoMA for a year.
Coming up in the next coupla weeks...spooky silent comedy shorts at the Turtle Bay Music School (Bruce and I have been hired to do a 1-hour show as part of their day-long open house), a Nosferatu show (on Miditzer) at Simon's Rock College (Great Barrington, MA), a few more AMMI Immigrant programs, and a show (on Miditzer) of the recently discovered and preserved "lost" Mabel Normand feature Head Over Heels at the Walter Reade Theater at Lincoln Center.