Live at The Forum - Buster Keaton's 'The General'
Sunday, December 29th 2013 @ 2:00 pm
Buster Keaton plays Johnny Gray, a Southern railroad engineer who loves his train engine, The General, almost as much as he loves Annabelle Lee (Marion Mack). When the opening shots of the Civil War are fired at Fort Sumter, Johnny tries to enlist and he is deemed too useful as an engineer to be a soldier. All Johnny knows is that he's been rejected, and Annabelle, thinking him a coward, turns her back on him. When Northern spies steal the General (and, unwittingly, Annabelle), the story switches from drama and romance to adventure mixed with Keaton's trademark deadpan humor as he uses every means possible to catch up to the General, thwart the Yankees, and rescue his darling Annabelle, for starters. As always, Keaton performs his own stunts, combining his prodigious dexterity, impeccable comic timing, and expressive body language to convey more emotion than the stars of any of the talkies that were soon to dominate cinema.
The Forum's theatre organ will be played by Jim Ford a local musician who will narrate the film as was once enjoyed by people of the time period.
Dress in civil war era clothing and get in for free!
More info on The General: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_General_(1926_film)
'The Forum' - Tuesday, August 13th @ 7:00 pm
OUTSIDE THE BOX - A New Twist on Music & Movies
( Nathan's Savvy & Modern Approach Rock's the Forum )
Nathan Avakian is a multi-talented artist with specialized interests and experience in organ performance, musical arrangement and composition, and lighting design.
Nathan is renowned for his tasteful blending of 21st-century virtual instrument technology with theatre organ music. He arranges and produces digital orchestration tracks to supplement the pipe organ, creating performances that satisfy contemporary musical tastes and pay tribute to the historical legacy of the theatre organ. Nathan frequently includes original organ and solo piano compositions in his performances. In 2010, he was commissioned to compose six original theatre organ soundtracks for the International Youth Silent Film Festival, a program that gives young filmmakers the opportunity to create contemporary silent films to theatre organ music. He helped pioneer the festival’s expansion which now includes regional festivals in Oregon, Ohio, Adelaide and Melbourne, Australia.
Nathan Avakians Website: http://avakiancreativeworks.com/ACW/Home.html
Live at The Forum - Saturday, April 13th 2013 @ 7:15 pm
( Charlie Chaplin Silent Film Mini Fest )
Master Theater Organist: Jim Ford leads us on a fascinating journey through 4 of Charlie Chaplins pre-1918 films. Using the Forum's Morton Theatre Organ to assist actors to tell their story. This is the first time since the 1930's that these films have been shown at the Forum Theater! Jim's improvisations bring all of the Charlie Chaplin's genius out over the 4 short silent films.
More info on Charlie Chaplin: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charlie_Chaplin