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What to See (and Hear) at the Sound of Silent Film Festival

Here’s the scoop on the annual fest—plus a sneak peek at 2 of the 9 short films the Music Box will show on April 29.

The Music Box Theatre, venue for the upcoming Sound of Silent film fest.   Photo: Anna Knott

Cinephiles and new-music buffs, this one’s for you: For the first time in its nine-year history, Sound of Silent—Access Contemporary Music’s signature film festival—will be held in an actual movie theatre. “It’s always been an underground event,” says Seth Boustead, ACM’s founder and executive director. “We’re hoping to transcend that this year.”

The annual fest—which presents newly composed scores for silent (or near-silent) films by the likes of Martin Scorsese and Gus Van Sant—has garnered wider attention in recent years.

For the first time, ACM is soliciting film submissions, whittling down the pool of 110 to the nine that will run at the Music Box Theatre (pictured above) on April 29.

“Sound of Silent really does have a brand,” says Boustead. “The product hasn’t changed. It’s just more mainstream.”

Here’s a look at two of the films that will be screened at the event:


Blackout Roulette (2010) from Alex Italics on Vimeo.

Pillow Girl from Ronnie Cramer on Vimeo.


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