AMIA @ U of T President Elizabeth Carroll, along with alumni Member at Large Sean Hayes, recently volunteered on behalf of AMIA @ U of T at this year’s Toronto Silent Film Festival, which was held at various cinemas throughout Toronto, April 6-11, 2017.
April 7th brought the Canadian restoration premiere of When Knighthood Was In Flower (1922), also at the Royal — an epic romantic action-comedy starring Marion Davies.
On Saturday April 8th, AMIA @ U of T’s own Christina Stewart was given a shout out by acclaimed silent film accompanist/historian Ben Model during Model’s Accidentally Preserved comedy shorts showcase.
Model praised Stewart’s role in the discovery of the lost silent film Secrets of the Night (1924), which was recently located among a large donation of films at the University of Toronto Media Commons Archives.
The highlight of the Accidentally Preserved screenings was surely the recently restored Buster Keaton shorts (The Blacksmith, 1922) and Laurel and Hardy comedies (Battle of the Century, 1927). There were also several other fun surprises pulled from Model’s personal film collection, and popular Accidentally Preserved DVD releases — including a shot in Toronto workplace safety film from the 1960’s starring a late career Buster Keaton.April 9th saw a capacity crowd in attendance at the Fox Theater for the long believed lost Chicago (1927), which was located and restored in 2006. April 10th and 11th brought screenings of Beyond the Rocks (1922) at Kimbourne Park United Church, and L’Inhumaine (1924) at Innis College, U of T.
The Toronto Silent Film Festival was proudly co-sponsored this year for the first by AMIA U of T.
Chapter members Rachel E. Beattie and Nathan Moles were also in attendance for many of the screenings to lend their support and enjoy the festivities.
AMIA @ U of T and the Toronto Silent Film Festival will be co-presenting the Canadian restoration premiere of Little Annie Rooney (1925), starring Toronto’s own Mary Pickford, Sunday, April 23 at the Fox Theatre, 2236 Queen Street East!AMIA @ U of T is very much looking forward to once again co-sponsoring and lending a helping hand at the 2018 TSFF!
See you at the movies.
AMIA @ U of T
April 12, 2017
Special thanks to festival organizers Shirley Hughes, Susan O’Hara, and Marc Wonnacott.
For more information on the TSFF visit http://www.torontosilentfilmfestival.com/