Silent Films Out Loud


By Jacob Peirce

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Taking on this season of summer blockbusters with a “Buster” of their own, Silent Films Out Loud returns for a third time to pair the original scores of Austin composers Jackie Myers, David Biller and Dave Madden with the short films of Buster Keaton. The pioneering pictures include 1920’s Neighbors and two releases from 1921 – The Goat and The High Sign – enhanced by a live orchestra to accentuate each action, sync with every stunt, and get in on each gag. Silent Films Out Loud is presenting this night of movie magic at 6 p.m. on Friday June 14th, 2019 at the Blanton Museum of Art, located at 200 East Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard. Local orchestra Density512 is on board once again to complement the cinematic spectacle and give star billing alongside Keaton to the varied styles and sounds of each composer. Myers is a pianist, organist, composer, and singer known for her bluesy vocals and innovative and fluid keyboard work as well as serving as musical director on Kansas City NPR affiliate KCUR’s syndicated program 12th Street Jump, five albums and work with Austin musicians such as The Lonesome Heroes and Doug Strahan & the Good Neighbors. She returns to Silent Films Out Loud this summer with her score for The Goat. Having shared the stage with artists as diverse as country legend Ray Price to Jimmie Vaughan to Billy Gibbons and joining Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Festival in 2013, Biller is a guitarist, steel guitarist, bassist and composer highly sought after for all kinds of recording sessions and live gigs. He has prepared the score for Neighbors this year. An award winning arranger and keyboardist, Madden is also a member of the Recording Academy and has collaborated with legendary rock icon Steve Miller, platinum-selling band Fastball and Devo co-founder Mark Mothersbaugh in addition to hosting his very own TED Talk. His score for The High Sign will be his first for Silent Films Out Loud. Silent Films Out Loud is presented in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department and One World Theatre. Tickets for Silent Films Out Loud are available at the Blanton Museum of Art and online at www.silentfilmsoutloud.com/ The Cultural Arts Division of the Economic Development Department – The Cultural Arts Division of the Economic Development Department provides leadership and management for the City’s cultural arts programs and for the economic development of arts and cultural industries. The Cultural Arts Division is responsible for the Cultural Arts Funding Programs, Art in Public Places Program (AIPP), community-based arts development, and programs to assist the development of creative industries in Austin, as well as initiatives designed to support and encourage the community’s unique cultural identity and vitality. One World Theatre – One World (OW) was founded in 1993 as an education outreach program. It began with a single multi-cultural performance presented throughout Austin Independent School District. The co-founder and Executive Director of OW, Hartt Stearns, originally received funding from the City of Austin for arts and education programs for his personal work in the schools, including assemblies, workshops and artists-in-residencies. Soon after, Stearns recognized that many other local Austin artists sought his mentorship in their own quest for city funding of arts outreach to the schools. It was in 1997 that he incorporated OW as a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit and became a sponsoring organization for other independent artists. Please visit the link below for more information regarding Silent Films Out Loud http://www.silentfilmsoutloud.com/