Silent Film Series: Charlie Chaplin Shorts Festival


Saturday January 9, 7:00 PM
Andrus on Hudson
185 Old Broadway
Hastings-On-Hudson, NY 10706


Tickets available at the door.
$10 adults • $5 children

Some of the legendary Chaplin’s most memorable short
features including:

Kid Auto Races at Venice
Mabel’s Married Life
The Count
Behind the Screen
His Musical Career

Improvised piano accompaniment by David Arner

Introduction and post screening discussion led by
Dionne Bennett, Ph.D.  

Silent Film Musician
Piano Improvisation

David Arner is a pioneer in the revitalization of live music for silent films. He has been presenting live, cutting-edge improvisational film scores for piano since 1986, including such films as The Wind, The Last Laugh, Peter Pan and The General. He has performed for films extensively throughout the country including The National Gallery in Washington, DC, the Alice Guy Blache exhibition at the Whitney Museum, “The Sound of Silents” at the American Museum of the Moving Image, and the Knitting Factory’s Silent Film/Loud Music Series among others. He has toured throughout New York through Catskill Nickelodeon, and has been a mainstay at Upstate Films in Rhinebeck, the New York State Writers Institute in Albany, and at colleges throughout the country. Mr. Arner has been awarded a Jazz Fellowship Award from the National Endowment for the Arts. Arner “holds and transports listeners through the incredible maze of his seemingly unflagging imagination.” [Paul Elisha, Northeast Public Radio]



Dionne Bennett holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of California, Los Angeles. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.A. in Anthropology and Literature from Yale University, and holds MFA in film and television production from the University of Southern California. She was previously the Director of the African American Studies Program at the University of Detroit Mercy and an Assistant Professor of African American Studies and a Visiting Professor of Women’s Studies at Loyola Marymount University. She has been a fellow of Harvard University’s W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research, the Ford Foundation, and the UCLA President’s Office. As a television writer, researcher, and segment producer, she has worked for the NAACP Image Awards, the Essence Awards, the Democratic National Convention, and the Fox Movie Channel. Her research interests include African American and African Diaspora Studies, urban anthropology, psychocultural anthropology, and film, television, and cultural studies.

She is currently a Director of Gender and Urban Arts at Harvard University’s Hiphop Archive and Research Center and teaches at the New York City College of Technology.

She is the author, with photographer Matthew Jordan Smith, of Sepia Dreams: A Celebration of Black Achievement through Words and Images, co-editor of Revolutions of the Mind: Cultural Studies in the African Diaspora Project 1996-2002 (CAAS Publications, University of California Los Angeles, 2003), and a contributor to Black Los Angeles: American Dreams and Racial Realities (NYU Press, 2010).


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