Admiral to host tribute to “Kathryn Bigelow of her time”

April 6, 2010 at 9:12 pm | In Admiral Theater, West Seattle news | 2 Comments

Another unique event is on the slate at West Seattle’s historic Admiral Theater. The Admiral will team with Women In Film/Seattle on April 19th for a tribute to film pioneer Nell Shipman. That night, The Admiral will show two of Shipman’s silent films – accompanied live by organist Dennis James, and with part of the proceeds benefiting animal charities, including a drive for donated items:

On April 19th, 2010, Women in Film/Seattle, and West Seattle’s Historic Admiral Theater partner to pay homage to two films by Northwest bred cinema pioneer, Nell Shipman. The “Kathryn Bigelow of her time,” Shipman is one of the first women who wrote, produced, and starred in many of her own productions. She became one of the first female directors in 1914, and by the ’20s, she had set up her own production company where she specialized in outdoor adventure films involving an assortment of wild animals including skunks, raccoons, wolves, and bears. Her films featured the outdoors; on-location shooting that would later become her trademark as a filmmaker. Shipman played a role that would occur throughout her film career: a strong, resourceful female who came through to save the day.

The announcement continues after the jump:

This will also mark the premiere performance at the Admiral of the renowned revivalist musician of live silent film accompaniment, Dennis James. James’ performance is sponsored through a grant by the Packard Humanities, Institute. James has specially orchestrated scores for the two films that will screen; Something New, 1920 – and the 1921 classic, A Bear, a Boy, and a Dog, which co-star Nell’s dog Laddie and her bear, Brownie.

For more than forty years, Dennis James has played a pivotal role in the international revival of silent films with live music and has dedicated his career to the continuation of the theatrical traditions of organ performance with symphony orchestras, opera, and ballet and theatrical companies and furthering public interest in theater pipe organs. His professional music career began with a debut performance at the 1967 Detroit National American Theatre Organ Society convention.

“He’s not only a fabulous organist; he brings a wealth of knowledge. He really brings people into the silent movies in a unique way.” — Tom Iovanne, Executive Director, Washington Center for the Performing Arts, Olympia

Nell Shipman was known for her love of animals. She had a personal zoo with approximately 100 animals, including several wild animals. A pioneer in animal rights, Nell Shipman fought for the defense and good treatment of animals on film sets. It is only fitting that because of her love and advocacy of animals; part of the evening’s proceeds will go to the Humane Society. Here is a list of things they need;

* Fleece Blankets (Kennels)
* Medium, Large and Extra Large Dog Crates (Dog Foster Program)
* Gently used Bath Towels and Wash Cloths (Adoption)
* Natural Balance dog food rolls
* Gentle Leaders
* Easy-Walk Harnesses
* Non-expired medications especially Rimadyl (Pet Project)
* Gift Cards to Petsmart or Petco (All Animal Services)
* Wiring and installation of a sound system so we can play classical music to calm the animals.

Seattle’s Humane Society is currently working with Seattle’s Animal Control who will be shutting down in June. They have plans to pick up the slack in their attempt to treat all animals humanely with a goal of finding them all good homes.

Additional proceeds from ticket sales will help Women in Film/Seattle fund its Professional “Get ‘er Done” Grant. WIF/Seattle is a 501c3 non-profit professional organization advancing, supporting, and mentoring women in the film, video and new media industries.

Admission for the event is $12, $9 for seniors over 60, and children under twelve, through Brown Paper tickets. http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/107048

WIF will host a reception at 6 PM upstairs in the Admiral Theater’s Crow’s Nest Lounge. Screenings begin: 7 PM

2 Comments

  1. I hope the event is a big success and leads to the Admiral screening a few other silent features, especially Charlie Chaplin’s “The Circus,” which I saw at a Guild 45th revival back in the 1980s and was the only time I’ve had the experience of being in a sold-out theater where the entire audience was helpless with laughter.

    Comment by Alvis — 1:12 am April 7, 2010 #

  2. Hi Alvis-

    Hope you enjoy this silent film event with live organ music – the first in what is being planned as the return of Original SIlent Movie Mondays bringing historically-informed authentic musical scoring to silent film screenings to Seattle after the recent one year hiatus. Unfortunately you won’t be seeing Charlie Chaplin’s THE CIRCUS since the film now is only available for performances with full orchestras performing the original music. But do stay tuned for the other Admiral Theatre silent film events – and also these in the surrounding Northwest area in coming months with my performances at the organ:

    July 5, Lynwood Theatre, Bainbridge Island, Washington
    Annual Anniversary silent film screenings: title tba

    November 4, Washington Center, Olympia, Washington
    25th Anniversary Celebration Musica Curiosa with organ event: title tba

    November 13&14, Blue Mouse Theatre, Tacoma, Washington
    87th Anniversary screening: Harold Lloyd in SAFETY LAST

    February 13, Lynwood Theatre, Bainbridge Island, Washington
    Silent film series- two screenings: title tba

    February 17, Washington Center, Olympia, Washington
    5th annual silent film series

    March 27, City Museum, Wenatchee, Washington
    Silent film program: Buster Keaton in THE BOAT plus THE NAVIGATOR

    March 31, Washington Center, Olympia, Washington
    5th annual silent film series

    April 21, Washington Center, Olympia, Washington
    5th annual silent film series

    July 5, Lynwood Theatre, Bainbridge Island, Washington
    Annual Anniversary silent film screenings: title tba

    For more information, visit: http://www.cas.sc.edu/film/james.htm

    DENNIS JAMES  | THEATRE ORGANIST
    SILENT FILM CONCERTS 
    INTERNATIONAL TOUR CONTACT
    PO BOX 69  |  ADDISON, NY  14801 USA
    PHONE  253-376-7447  |  E-MAIL  MUSCUR@GMAIL.COM 

    Comment by Dennis James — 4:08 pm April 8, 2010 #

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