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Knoxferatu V ~ Oct 20th ~ Silent Horror Streaming Online

The annual silent horror event from Knoxville, TN is back for its 5th year in a virtual mini-edition.

Streaming live on October 20th, 2020 at 7:30 pm

Hosted by Kelly Robinson

Knoxferatu is an annual silent horror film event in Knoxville, Tennessee, pairing silent features and shorts with live musicians for an unforgettable Halloween-season cinema experience.

The V doesn’t just stand for Knoxferatu’s fifth year—it also stands for VIRTUAL.

Rather than canceling the event during the pandemic, Knoxferatu is breaking out of Knoxville with a live streaming mini-event for everyone.

Oops! All Shorts!

One of the audience’s favorite parts of Knoxferatu every year is the slate of creepy, weird, and obscure shorts. So, for the virtual mini-edition of Knoxferatu, the event will be completely made up of shorts.

Knoxferatu V will feature some of the most popular comedy-horror shorts from past years, as well as some new picks.

Live music accompaniment by Ben Model

Knoxferatu V will be streamed on YouTube with live music accompaniment by Ben Model, one of the classic film world’s leading silent film accompanists.

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Ernie Kovacs Centennial – Panel Discussion – Video excerpts

Description from The Anthology Film Archives Program

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Comedy Film Interview Vaudevisuals Interview Video

Vaudevisuals interview with Shannon Plumb – Filmmaker/Actress

Shannon Plumb makes funny movies. Usually with her in the leading role. You call them ‘personal art films’. They are in the collection of The Museum of Modern Art as well as in Private Collections. Here is the interview I did with her in Prospect Park. (Planes flying over, baseball practice and wind competing with my sound!) Her work is very ‘low-fi’ so I decided to shot the interview in that style.  I attended her screening at MOMA’s New Directors/New Films series and was very moved by her wonderful sense of the absurd in daily life expressed thru her very funny short personal films. My friend Ben Model accompanied one of her silent films on the electric organ.

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From IMDB:

Shannon Plumb’s cinematic studies of life’s various roles and characters explore the complexities embedded in the ordinary and extraordinary. From the humble persona of a new mother to iconic figures from the silver screen, Plumb portrays these characters with zest and humor. Inspired by the curious spirit of slapstick comedy and the physical humor of silent film legends such as Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin, Plumb employs a low-fi aesthetic by using Super-8 film, stationary camera shots, long takes and hand-made props and costumes. Plumb is a one-woman show starring as all characters and acting as the creative force behind her films. The low-quality production of the films and her elastic expressiveness as an actress adds to the charm of her work and pushes it beyond its obvious predecessors and influences. She wrote, directed, and starred in her first narrative feature,”Towheads” (2013) and is now in pre-production for her second narrative feature “The Narcissist”.

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From MOMA Website:

Shannon Plumb (American, 1970) becomes a literal one-woman show when she stars as all of the characters in her humorous, often caustic short films. She weaves her life as an artist, wife, and mother into these comedic works, morphing the ordinary into the astonishing by channeling the physicality of Buster Keaton, Charlie Chaplin, and Lucille Ball. There is also a charming low-tech aesthetic in Plumb’s work, particularly with her preference for Super 8mm film and handmade costumes and props. But the payoff is sophisticated, shrewd, and wholly original, offering deft commentary on fashion, domesticity, body image, and the curious world of contemporary art.

In 2013 Plumb’s first feature film, Towheads, a self-assured visualization of modern-day motherly responsibility, premiered in MoMA’s New Directors/New Films festival. Plumb again played all of the key roles, defining her fictional characters using wigs, stuck-on mustaches, and the nobility of a woman pushed to the edge by two young sons and a distant husband. Many of these familiar themes are persistent in Plumb’s work—a result of her constant intertwining of real life and art making.

Shannon Plumb joins us to screen several of her films—including Rattles and Cherries, Rollercoaster, and Olympics—and premiere a performance from her new work Chopped Liver.

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RATTLES AND CHERRIES

SUNBATHER

To find out more about Shannon Plumb and her work visit her site here.

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The NYC Physical Comedy Lab

The NYC Physical Comedy Lab —or “fiz com lab” for short— is not a class, not a workshop, but a jam of practitioners in a field that includes clowns, circus and variety artists, dancers, mimes, comic actors, etc.  Different people come each week, and out-of-town guests are always welcome. We share warmups, games, improvs, skills, gags, and works-in-progress. Very little is planned, every week is different, but usually, one idea leads to another to another and we arrive somewhere new. 

We usually create some kind of a scenario by the end of the 3 hours combining the skills worked on that day.
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I think of it as a research lab, meaning we are free to explore whatever without the time constraints of a workshop intensive or of a show about to open. We don’t have to jump to a final product but can just aimlessly play with objects and movement to see what we might discover.  During Jim’s visit, we did a warmup with different people leading different stretches, then played a wild and wacky movement game involving all kinds of objects and patterns, then had a knife-throwing lesson from magician Ben Robinson, which had everyone channeling their inner Jim Bowie or Davy Crockett.
Then we continued last week’s experiment with repeating patterns of people and objects passing through our MTW (modular trickwork wall), only this time we transferred the concept to more of a story, a sort of human Rube Goldberg machine, a high-speed mechanical restaurant with Ben Model as our repeat customer. 
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For more information and location of the lab check out the Facebook Page HERE!
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Parallel Exit – “The Final Reel”

The Final Reel is inspired by the iconic films Sherlock Jr and The Purple Rose of Cairo. An eccentric historian discovers the holy grail of silent films: the final reel of a forgotten classic thought to be lost to history. As he presents the film for the first time in a hundred years, his bumbling assistant accidentally steps into the movie and falls in love with the heroine. The two-love birds step back into the modern world and the heroine is left to make a fateful decision – one that changes every night of performance with the help of the audience.

Concept by Mike Dobson, Joel JeskeMark Lonerganand Scott McCord

Directed by Mark Lonergan

Scenic and lighting design by Maruti Evans

Costumes by Oana Botez

Projections by Daniel Vatsky

Original Musical Score by Ben Model

Stage Manager: Angela Perez

Performed by Darien Crago, Shereen Hickman, Harold Moeller, Scott McCordand Peter Michael Marino.

It was a delightful, comical and well-produced show! Produced in association with City Tech TheaterWorks. Here are a few still photographs I was able to capture while really enjoying the show.

The show is over but hopefully it will come back to be performed again!

For more information on Parallel Exit performances go here!

For information on CityTech TheatreWorks go here!

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Ben Model – New Piano Score for “Josh’s Suicide” – Mack Sennett silent film

(Click on Title Screen to view film)

 

Following on the successful streaming of NEW YORK 1911, which MoMA posted last month, they’ve just posted the extremely rare comedy JOSH’S SUICIDE, produced by the Biograph Company and directed by Mack Sennett. The film features comedian Fred Mace as a yokel who carries out an odd revenge against his wife. Like NEW YORK 1911, this film features NYC locations.

The film is presented here in a gorgeous, sharp new digital scan from the museum’s archival 35mm preservation materials, and Ben Model was hired to create a new piano score.

(Thanks to Ben Model for this post)

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Comedy Film Music Silent Film

“Slippery Jim” – A silent film from 1910 inspired by the escape acts of Harry Houdini

Ferdinand Zecca reportedly came up with the idea for Slippery Jim after reading about the escape acts of Harry Houdini.

Original score by Ben Model.

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Vaudevisuals presents an evening of Silent Films @ Jalopy Tavern

FREE! FREE! FREE! FREE!

For the next 3 months on the last Sunday we are presenting a series of silent films at Jalopy Tavern.

 Outside on the patio is a wonderful, intimate screening room.

We will present a few shorts and one feature film.

Titles will be announced the evening of.

Drinks and food are allowed on the patio. So come and have a feast (or just a drink) while watching some awesome films.

The films being presented are hardly ever screened on TV or in NY Theaters!

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Jalopy Tavern – 317 Columbia Street Brooklyn, NY 11231 – 718 625-3214

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2013 – Highlights of the Year

Below is a list of ‘Highlights’ from the 2013 posts.

The categories are all here. Vaudevisuals Interviews, Clown UnMask, Performance documentation, Silent Movies etc.

November 2013 marked the 4th Year Anniversary of Vaudevisuals.com. Looking forward to what 2014 will bring!

 

Tammy Faye Starlite @ Joe’s Pub

 Circus Panel Discussion – From Egypt to Eloise @ La Maison Francaise.

Vaudevisuals Interview with Glen Heroy – Talking about Santa

Vaudevisuals Interview with Phoebe Legere

Vaudevisuals Interview with storyteller Slash Coleman

1922 Max Fleischer Animation – Koko Bubbles

Vaudevisuals Interview with Ryan Landry – The Gold Dust Orphans

 Vaudevisuals Interview with Bushwick Starr Artistic Director – Noel Allain

 ‘tinydangerousfun’ at Cloud City

 Vaudevisuals Interview with Jeff Wirth – Interactive Acting

 Scandinavian Clown group ‘Member of our Limbs’ performs at Amuse Bouche

 ‘The Sister Rosettas’ perform at IRT Theater

 Vaudevisuals interview with Celebration Barn board member Fritz Grobe

 Vaudevisuals interview with Hilary Chaplain

 Vaudevisuals interview with actor Jeremy Crutchley and director Geoffrey Hyland

 Vaudevisuals interview with Josh Luxenberg – Co-founder of The Tank

Vaudevisuals Interview with Steven Samuels – ‘Magnetic Field Theater Company’

Kinematik Dance Company performs at The Fringe Festival

Vaudevisuals Interview with Lone Wolf Tribe Artistic Director Kevin Augustine

Vaudevisuals interview with Svea Schnider – Kinematik Dance Company

Vaudevisuals interview with ‘La Piara’ – Mexico City based Clown Troupe

Vaudevisuals Interview with Ben Model – Ernie Kovacs DVD Curator

Alfred Hitchcock’s films BLACKMAIL and EASY VIRTUE.

Vaudevisuals Interview with Clay McCleod Chapman

Charlie Chaplin’s first silent film “Making a Living”.

“Juggle This” – Miller Theater @ Columbia University

Vaudevisuals Interview with Gregg Mozgala – Apothetae Theater Company

“Strange for Hire” at Times Scare with Todd Robbins

Kawana Trio – Foot Jugglers circa 1919.

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Tom Murrin Performance Awards @ Dixon Place

The Clown Un_Mask – Didi Sanchezco from Mexico

Vaudevisuals interview with Rob Drummond – Bullet Catch @ 59E59 Theaters

PS122 ‘Avant-Garde-Arama’ at Abrons Arts Center

Pierre Etaix films @ Film Forum

Vaudephone – Michael Townsend Wright performing ‘Smith and Dale’.

Vaudevisuals interview with Kendall Cornell – Oil of Ole’.

The Clown Un_Mask – Avner the Eccentric

Vaudevisuals interview with Armitage Shanks

Bill Irwin and David Shiner in “Old Hats” at Signature Theater

Marcel Marceau teaches at City Center – June 1999

Vaudevisuals interview with performance group ANIMALS.

Vaudevisuals interview with magician Albert Cadabra

PS 122 – COIL FESTIVAL – The Curator’s Piece -Video excerpt

Vaudevisuals interview with Nancy Giles

Peggy Shaw solo performance at Dixon Place – “RUFF”…

The Big Apple Circus _ LEGENDARIUM _ Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.

Big Apple Circus at Lincoln Center

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HAPPY NEW YEAR

 

 

 

 

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Performing Arts Vaudevisuals Interview Video

Vaudevisuals interview with Ben Model – Ernie Kovacs – Pioneer of early TV

Ben Model is the archivist for the Ernie Kovacs library. And he has much to say about Ernie Kovacs. Having viewed the entire library of TV shows, personal films etc.

Shout Factory presents Ernie Kovacs DVD set

Here are some additional links that contain reviews (from the NY Times) of a bio and the collection of videos by Ernie Kovacs.

http://www.nytimes.com/1987/03/08/movies/tv-view-ernie-kovacs-a-comic-to-the-medium-born.html

http://www.nytimes.com/1984/05/14/arts/tv-review-life-of-ernie-kovacs-is-portrayed.html

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/08/arts/television/the-ernie-kovacs-collection-new-on-dvd.html?_r=0

To purchase the Ernie Kovacs DVD set go here!