SILENT FILM FESTIVAL – Joins with the American Conservatory Theatre

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Sean Martinfield
Sentinel Editor and Publisher
Photo by Lynn Imanaka

American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.) is excited to partner with San Francisco Silent Film Festival to present screenings of short silent films before select Friday night performances of its season opener, Once in a Lifetime, the madcap Kaufman and Hart comedy about how the movies learned to talk. On September 30th, October 7th, and October 14th, SFSFF will host screenings of such silent short classics as Life and Death of 9413, A Hollywood Extra and The Cameraman’s Revenge, starting at 7:15 p.m. at the American Conservatory Theater before the 8:00 pm performance of Once in a Lifetime. The 30-minute screenings are free for all ticket holders. Additionally, on Friday, September 23rd, A.C.T. will host a conversation between A.C.T. Associate Artistic Director Mark Rucker and SFSFF Artistic Director and local film luminary Anita Monga following the performance.

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The Cameraman’s Revenge (1912)

Click on the photo to listen to an excerpt from the original score:
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Life and Death of 9413, A Hollywood Extra (1928)

Once in a Lifetime, has been described as a “delicious Hollywood sendup”. It is the story of a trio of down-on-their-luck Vaudevillians heading West to pull off the ultimate con. In that devilish period when the major studios were transitioning from Silents to Talkies, these theatrical has-beens will pose as vocal coaches determined to make the speaking voices of big Hollywood stars as beautiful as their glamorous on-screen close-ups.

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The Thieving Hand (1908)

The teamwork of Kaufman and Hart resulted in such Broadway comedy classics as The Man Who Came to Dinner and You Can’t Take It with You. The production will be directed by A.C.T. Associate Artistic Director Mark Rucker and will feature a 15-member ensemble who will assume 70 different roles. This unique production will incorporate period film clips and dynamic cinematic backdrops that meld the worlds of theater and film. Once in a Lifetime runs September 22nd – October 16th at the American Conservatory Theater.
Click here to order tickets on-line: Once in a Lifetime

Silent Film Screenings at A.C.T.:

September 30, 7:15 pm
 — “The Cameraman’s Revenge” and “Life and Death of 9413, A Hollywood Extra”

October 7, 7:15 pm — 
”Arthéme Swallows His Clarinet” and “The Playhouse”

October 14, 7:15 pm
 — Those Awful Hats; The Thieving Hand; and A Trip to the Moon

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BUSTER KEATON x 3 – The Playhouse (1921)

Click here to learn more about: The San Francisco Silent Film Festival

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Seán Martinfield
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Seán Martinfield, who also serves as Fine Arts Critic, is a native San Franciscan. He is a Theatre Arts Graduate from San Francisco State University, a professional singer, and well-known private vocal coach to Bay Area actors and singers of all ages and persuasions. His clients have appeared in Broadway National Tours including Wicked, Aïda, Miss Saigon, Rent, Bye Bye Birdie, in theatres and cabarets throughout the Bay Area, and are regularly featured in major City events including Diva Fest, Gay Pride, and Halloween In The Castro. As an Internet consultant in vocal development and audition preparation he has published thousands of responses to those seeking his advice concerning singing techniques, professional and academic auditions, and careers in the Performing Arts. Mr. Martinfield’s Broadway clients have all profited from his vocal methodology, “The Belter’s Method”. If you want answers about your vocal technique, post him a question on AllExperts.com. If you would like to build up your vocal performance chops and participate in the Bay Area’s rich theatrical scene, e-mail him at: sean.martinfield@comcast.net.

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