Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Tromsø, Norway - day 4 and final wrap-up

Here's my final report on Stumfilm Dagere in Tromsø Norway:


See you soon!

Sunday, September 09, 2007

Tromsø, Norway - day 3

Here is a report on day 3 from Tromsø Norway:

Saturday, September 08, 2007

Tromsø, Norway - day 2

Here's a report on day 2 (and a little of day 3...):



I accompanied a program of comedy shorts for kids (including The Sea Nymphs with Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle, a real rarity), a program of polar expedition films, saw Madame de Thebes (1915) dir by Mauritz Stiller and accompanied by Matti Bye, and saw A Trip to Mars/Himmelskibet (1918) accompanied by Gaute Barlindhaug. Great stuff!

At left, Jan Anders Diesen and Morten Skallerud, who presented the program of polar films of Roald Amundsen's expeditions to the South and North Poles.

Friday, September 07, 2007

Tromsø, Norway - day 1

Here's a first report from Tromsø and the first installment of what I hope will be a regularly posted (weekly?) video blog that will be on YouTube and will also turn up here:


Opening night film was The Passion of Joan of Arc, with score by Matti Bye. Friday found me up bright and early for a pair of school shows for local 5th graders.

Here are photos of the cinema the festival is held in:

Here is the view of the street the theater is on called Storgata, a walking street (no cars):


Accompanied some polar exploration films this afternoon, and saw a newly discovered/restored 1915 Mauritz Still film (score by Matti Bye) and the Danish sci-fi film A Trip to Mars. Will post more tomorrow...

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

blasting off for Tromsø (Weds)

Well, I'm off to Tromsø today...will land there midday Thurs. Am traveling solo again this year as the fest coincides with the first week of school here. Will plan to post festival reports each day, if I can. Opening night film is a new restoration of The Passion of Joan of Arc with a new score by Matti Bye (Sweden).

Latest news:
  • the two school programs in Norway for Monday 9/10 won't be happening...no school that day because of municipal elections. Stay tuned to find out what I wind up doing that day.
  • Have just booked three Immigrant daytime shows for school groups at AMMI for the fall, and more will undoubtedly trickle in as area schools plan their field trips, and...
  • Have also had emails and talks with the second annual NY Clown Theater Festival, and I will undoubtedly present a talk/clips program on silent screen comedy there in October (again).
  • am in the process of solidifying a date in Oct for a Halloween show at a big church in NYC of Hunchback of Notre Dame; doing this one with Bruce Lawton...
  • no listing on Kino.com for the Houdini DVD set, which I thought was coming out this month. Will get update and post again with details.
It's 25º (F) colder in Tromsø...need to go dig out hat, gloves and scarf...!

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