Penrod and Sam
Penrod author Booth Tarkington casts pre-WWI childhood in a nostalgic glow with clubhouses, secret codes, and mischievous hijinks while director Beaudine uses his perfect touch with child actors to make Penrod’s motley gang ring true.
74 min | United States | 1923 | DCP
Plus: THE KID REPORTER starring Baby Peggy
This 1923 comedy short features adorable four-year-old Baby Peggy spoofing The Cub Reporter, a feature released earlier that year. SFSFF’s restoration screening is dedicated to Diana Serra Cary, the real-life Peggy, who died in 2020 at 101 years old.
Entry for children under twelve is free.
20 min | United States | 1923 | 35mm
Live Music by Donald Sosin with Frank Bockius and William Lewis
Donald Sosin Pianist Donald Sosin has been creating and performing silent film music for fifty years, playing for major festivals, archives, and DVD recordings. He has been resident accompanist at New York’s Film Society of Lincoln Center, the Museum of the Moving Image, and the Brooklyn Academy of Music. His scores are heard regularly on Turner Classic Movies and his music accompanies films on more than fifty DVD releases. Donald has performed at SFSFF since 2007.
Frank Bockius Versatile percussionist Frank Bockius specializes in jazz and is versed in medieval, flamenco, and Latin music styles. He has performed for dance and theater companies as well as in his own bands, including the jazz quintet Whisper Hot and the percussion ensemble Timpanicks. He joined the Guenter Buchwald’s Silent Movie Music Company twenty years ago and has since performed for silent films at festivals in Kyoto, Pordenone, and Sodankylä, Finland. He made his first appearance at the San Francisco Silent Film Festival in 2014.
William Lewis A classically-trained pianist, organist, composer, and marionettist, this is William Lewis’ debut performance at the San Francisco Silent Film Festival. Mentored as a composer and silent film accompanist by Donald Sosin, he has been writing for silent films since 2014. Composing the scores entirely of his own music, he strives to create both passionate and (mostly) historically appropriate music.
Image credit: Pamela Gentile