WHAT: Screening of “The River” and “Steamboat Bill, Jr.” on 16mm film with live original score by Glenn Jones and Laura Baird
WHEN: Saturday, June 30; 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art, 176 Water Company Road, Millersburg
COST: $10, $8 NSCNA members.
SPONSOR: Carole DeSoto
The Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art is proud to continue its collaborative relationship with Harrisburg-based film co-op Moviate through its new Film and Music Series, which will feature classic films set to live original scores. The series is sponsored by Carole DeSoto.
The final installment of the 2011-2012 Film and Music Series will be the Center’s first ever outdoor film screening on Saturday, June 30 at 7:30 p.m. on the Ned Smith Center’s lower patio. Two films will be shown on 16mm film: “The River” and “Steamboat Bill, Jr.” starring Buster Keaton. Both films will be accompanied by Boston-based acoustic guitar virtuoso Glenn Jones, with support from Philadelphia singer-songwriter Laura Baird.
ABOUT THE MUSICIANS:
Called “the best guitarist you’ve never heard of” by The Boston Globe, Glenn Jones has been playing the age of 14. After spending 20 years with psych-rockers Cul De Sac, Jones released his first album of acoustic six- and 12-string guitar instrumentals, “This Is the Wind That Blows It Out,” in 2004. “Against Which the Sea Continually Beats” followed in 2007, then “Barbecue Bob in Fishtown,” which was named one of the 50 best albums of 2009 by Wire magazine.
In 2011, Jones signed to Chicago’s Thrill Jockey Records. He issued a split album (with Virginia’s Back Twig Pickers) in March, and has a full-length double LP, “The Wanting,” released in September 2011.
Laura Baird has been writing songs and making home recordings since the late 1980’s. She is also an enthusiastic collector and performer of traditional Appalachian music. She sings and plays many instruments, including clawhammer banjo, guitar, piano and flute. Laura has recorded with Espers (flute) and Death Vessel (banjo and backing vocals), among others. Currently, Laura performs as “The Baird Sisters” with her sister Meg.
ABOUT THE FILMS:
“The River” (1938) is a short, Depression-era documentary about the importance of the Mississippi River. The “headlining” film, “Steamboat Bill, Jr” (1928), is a feature-length comedy starring silent film legend Buster Keaton. Keaton plays the son of a cantankerous riverboat captain who comes to join his father’s crew. The film features Keaton’s most famous stunt, in which an entire building facade collapses onto him. The open attic window fits neatly around Keaton’s body as it falls, coming within inches of flattening him.
For additional information and to purchase tickets in advance, please visit the Ned Smith Center website at www.nedsmithcenter.org.