The third annual Chico Silent Film Festival takes place Friday and Saturday, March 28th and 29th, at the Chico Women's Club on West Third Street.
This year the Festival will benefit the Nor-Cal Jazz Festival. The first year it raised $5,200 for Bidwell Mansion and last year $3,000 was raised for restoration of the Women's Club piano.
Frederick Hodges, one of the best ragtime pianists in the world, provides music for the films. And Internationally known film preservation expert David Shepard will provide some insight to the films.
Friday starting at six the lineup includes buster Keaton in "The Play House" (1921), Charlie Chaplain in "The Immigrant" (1917) and Laurel and Hardy, Charley Chase and Max Davidson in "Call of the Cuckoos (1927).
At 8:00 p.m. Friday is "Way Down East" (1920) with Lillian Gish and Richard Barthelmess.
Showing Saturday at noon: "The Brink of Eternity", serial chapter from "Haunted Valley" (1923), at 2:30 p.m. "Chess Fever" and "Bed and Sofa" (Both USSR 1926).
At 4:30 p.m. Saturday see the works of early women filmmakers "Canned Harmony, A House Divided" by Lois Weber and Alice Guy (1912) as well as "The Blot" by Lois Weber (1921).
The festival wraps up with "The Little Tramp's Centennial" ... featuring Charlie Chaplain in "Kids Auto Race", "Mabel's Married Life" and "Easy Street".
The cost is $10 for adults to individual sessions or $25 for an all festival pass. Children 12 and under are $2, and Children 5 and under are FREE.
For Ticket information call (530) 228-2860 or visit http://www.friendsoftheartsupstate.org/