The San Francisco Silent Film Festival will be showing its 14th annual 3-day film marathon at the Historic Castro Theatre on July 10-12. The Silent Film Festival is a nonprofit organization promoting the artistic, cultural and historic values of silent film. This festival is the largest of its kind in the country and has seen an increase in audience size from 8,000 in 1992 to 11,000 in 2008. The Silent Film Festival is a great way to experience the first form of filmed entertainment while taking a glimpse into the genre of film that has influenced the movies of today.
The films screened at the festival are classic, rare and newly restored movies chosen exclusively for the 3-day event. Films can be viewed from around the world and include India, France, Russia and Brazil. Each movie will also include live musical accompaniment by leading musicians. Every year the festival organizers search for musicians to compose and perform live era-authentic musical scores. Filmmakers, scholars, archivists and actors will also be present to provide context and commentary during the festival. The Castro Theatre is a poplar city sightseeing attraction and the Silent Film Festival provides a great way to enjoy classic film while taking in the historic Castro Theatre. For more information regarding the Silent Film Festival visit www.silentfilm.org .