Not-So-Silent Cinema performs live score at screening of the original THE MARK OF ZORRO at Bryn Mawr Film Institute
May 14, 2012
Bryn Mawr, PAThe Mark of Zorro, the masked swashbucklers debut feature, will return to the big screen at Bryn Mawr Film Institute on Tuesday, May 22 at 7:30 pm. The 1920 silent classic will be accompanied by a flamenco-tango-salsa-mariachi-jazz score performed live by Not-So-Silent Cinema.
In The Mark of Zorro, the nobleman Don Diego Vega (Douglas Fairbanks) returns home to Spanish California from Spain to find a corrupt governor threatening the people. He dons a mask and cape and takes up a double life as the avenging Zorro, battling tyranny and robbing from the rich to give to the poor. Swordplay, rapier wit, and romance abound in this original swashbuckler. Based on The Curse of Capistrano, a short story by Johnston McCulley, the film became a smash hit. Fairbankslong a staple of silent romantic comediestransformed himself into an action star because of this role.
The 1920 classic will be paired with a score performed live by Not-So-Silent Cinema. Composed by Brendan Cooney of the West Philadelphia Orchestra, the score features flamenco, mariachi, tango, and salsa and was tailored to the four musicians playing with him. The musicians have backgrounds in tango guitar, jazz, brass bands, rock, and gypsy swing music, playing with groups as diverse as the West Philadelphia Orchestra, Oscuro Quintet, OctoMonkey, and TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb.
Brendan Cooney (Piano) plays in the West Philadelphia Orchestra and the Rhinoceri Trio. He scores for silent films under his project Not-So-Silent-Cinema.
Patrick Hughes (Trumpet) plays in the West Philadelphia Orchestra (WPO), Bobby Zankelʼs Warriors of the Wonderful Sound, and has toured the world with Melody Gardot.
Alban Bailey (Guitar) plays in the free-jazz experience Inzinzac, the up-and-coming tango band The Oscuro Quintet, and the Gypsy-jazz quartet Octomonkey.
Josh Machiz (Bass) plays in Twelfth Night band, TJ Kong & the Atomic Bomb, Charles
Ellerebee's Matrix 12:38, F!, and many other groups.
Nezih Antakli (Percussion) plays percussion in the West Philadelphia Orchestra. He has toured Europe, Turkey, Mexico, Argentina, and the US.
Not-So-Silent Cinema, Cooneys brainchild, brings old silent film classics to life with new film scores performed live with exciting new configurations of musicians. In addition to The Mark of Zorro, Cooney has created scores for Nosferatu, Battleship Potemkin, and several Buster Keaton shorts. Find more information at www.notsosilentcinema.com.
Tickets for The Mark of Zorro are $12 for general admission and $10 for Bryn Mawr Film Institute members. Tickets can be purchased at BrynMawrFilm.org and at the Box Office during operating hours.
About Bryn Mawr Film Institute
Bryn Mawr Film Institute is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization committed to restoring the historic Bryn Mawr Theater and transforming it into the regions preeminent film entertainment and education center. Founded in 2002 by Main Line academic, business, and civic leaders, Bryn Mawr Film Institute presents a daily program of first-run and repertory art and independent films and provides a comprehensive film studies curriculum, including courses, workshops, discussions, guest lecturers, visual literacy programs, and student screening opportunities. To learn about upcoming events or find news about the theaters restoration project, visit www.BrynMawrFilm.org, or write to Info@BrynMawrFilm.org.