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Buster Keaton’s Steamboat Bill, Jr. accompanied by organist Ben Model
July 13, 2018 @ 8:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Steamboat Bill, Jr. is a 1928 silent comedy film starring the incomparable Buster Keaton. The film is known for what might be considered Keaton’s most famous film stunt: The facade of an entire house falls on top of him while he stands in the perfect spot to pass through the open attic window instead of being flattened. In 2016, the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress.
The story involves the father-son tale of an accident-prone, college-educated but simple-minded son who ultimately triumphs when he assists his hard-working steamboat captain father in combating the threats of a rival captain and also wins over the business rival’s daughter.
Ben Model is one of the nation’s leading silent film accompanists, performing on both piano and theatre organ. He works full-time presenting and accompanying silent films in a wide variety of venues around the USA and internationally, carrying on a tradition he learned from the great silent film organist Lee Erwin. His performance at the 2017 Festival was a smash hit.
In the course of his career, Ben has created and performed live scores for several hundred silent films, films lasting anywhere from one minute to five hours. Ben is a resident film accompanist at the Museum of Modern Art and at the Library of Congress’ Packard Campus Theatre. Ben performs regularly at classic film festivals, universities, museums, and historic theaters across the country. He as composed film scores for both orchestra and concert band for accompaniment to films by Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton. These scores are performed around the U.S. every year by professional and school ensembles.
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