Silent Partner: Creating Live Scores for Movies from the 1920s

Date: Thursday, March 28, 2019 Time: 5:30 pm-7:00 pm Location: Manchester Community Library  { MAP } Fee: $15 in advance; $20 at the door



Ben Model

Professor of Film Studies
Wesleyan University

In this entertaining talk, film historian/accompanist Ben Model will explain the history, technique and practice of creating and performing live musical scores to movies from cinema’s “silent era”. The program includes an informative slideshow, a demonstration of scoring a scene, and accompaniment to two silent film shorts.

Ben Model is one of the nation’s leading silent film accompanists, and performs on both piano and theatre organ. Ben works full-time presenting and accompanying silent films in a wide variety of venues around the USA and internationally. Over the past thirty plus years, Ben has created and performed live scores for several hundred silent films. He is currently a Visiting Professor of Film Studies at Wesleyan University.