When it comes to saving silent films, we all have to accept that we win some and we lose some. In the last few months we have discovered that one known film of Alice Guy's, Across the Mexican Line was too faded to preserve, a great loss for scholars of early cinema. But three other recently found films are well on their way to being saved. Read more »
Ben Model is one of the leading silent film composer/accompanists working in the U.S. today, and has been creating and performing musical scores for silent movies for 30 years. He plays piano, theatre organ and has written orchestral scores as well. Model has been a resident silent film accompanist at the Museum of Modern Art in NYC for nearly a quarter of a century. He composes all his own scores, and performs in a style that is both evocative of the silent era and also aware of a contemporary (and younger) audience's awareness of music and expectations of film scoring. Read his full bio here.